Montague semantics


A formal approach to linguistics and natural language semantics, due to Richard Montague. In essence, it applies Frege's principle of compositionality to the Chomskyan tradition of universal grammar?. In his own words:

There is in my opinion no important theoretical difference between natural languages and the artificial languages of logicians; indeed, I consider it possible to comprehend the syntax and semantics of both kinds of language within a single natural and mathematically precise theory.

Richard Montague, Universal Grammar, Theoria 36 (3):373–398 (1970)


  • Richard Montague, English as a formal language, Linguaggi nella societa e nella tecnica. Edizioni di Communita. pp. 188-221 (1970)
  • Richard Montague, The Proper Treatment of Quantification in Ordinary English, Approaches to Natural Language (1973)
  • SEP: Montague Semantics
  • Dowty, D., Wall, R., and Peters, S., 1981, Introduction to Montague Semantics (Synthese Language Library 11), Dordrecht: Reidel.

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