I am not a Linguist, but I am curious about the question below:
Is there a linguistic theory that points out that syntactic understanding of a text constitutes the lowest level of semantical understanding of the text?
I think it is true that the syntactic understanding of a text can be said as the most elementary form of semantical knowledge of the text, since if we do not understand the syntax of a language, we can't really understand any semantics (since a lack of syntactic understanding implies the lack of familiarity with the language).
In other words, can syntactic understanding of a text be classified as the most basic form of semantic understanding of the text (i.e. that is, syntactic knowledge is essentially a particular type (the most basic type) of a semantic knowledge)? If yes, is there any academic paper that talks addresses this topic?
I hope I made my question clear.