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Componential analysis

SEMANTICS: the idea that the meaning of words can be analyzed as construed from basic semantic primitives (features or markers). Two famous examples of componential analysis are informally paraphrased in (i) and (ii):

(i)  x kill y = x cause y to be not alive
(ii) x is a bachelor = x is an unmarried man
Componential analysis is typical of the so-called Katz-Fodor-semantics, Generative Semantics, and Jackendoff's Conceptual Structure.
LIT. Jackendoff, R. (1990)
Jackendoff, R. (1983)
Katz, Jerrold (1972)
McCawley, J. (1968)