Deriving Coordinate Symmetries: A Phase-Based Approach by John R. te Velde

By John R. te Velde

This monograph proposes a minimalist, phase-based method of the derivation of coordinate constructions, using the operations reproduction and fit to account for either the symmetries and asymmetries of coordination. information are drawn basically from English, German and Dutch. the fundamental assumptions are that every one coordinate buildings are symmetric to some extent (in distinction to parasitic hole and lots of verb word ellipsis constructions), and those symmetries, specially with ellipsis, let syntactic derivations to make use of reproduction and fit in interface with energetic reminiscence for economizing with gaps and assuring readability of interpretation. With derivations working on the characteristic point, not easy homes of coordinate buildings equivalent to cross-categorial and non-constituent coordination, violations of the Coordinate constitution Constraint, in addition to coordinate ellipsis (Gapping, RNR, Left-Edge Ellipsis) are accounted for with no separate mechanisms or stipulations appropriate in basic terms to coordinate constructions. The thought presents help for relevant assumptions concerning the constitution of West Germanic.

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7 The conjuncts geek and glad to be one are both assigned the feature [+compl] (complement) because of their relation to the subject. Furthermore, they occupy parallel syntactic positions in the VP. 8 (453-519) Deriving Coordinate Symmetries (6) George { geek, glad to be one } [n] [adj] [compl] [compl] We note in (7a) that these conjoined items cannot be the subject of a sentence, an indication that they do not form a unified set which can enter an agreement relation with a verb, unlike those in (7b):8 (7) a.

35 Collins (1988a, b) argues that conjunctions can be modified by adverbs. 36 Collins also points out that even the conjunction and makes a clear semantic contribution, identifying a clausal/temporal relationship between conjuncts, as in:37 (45) a. Bill drank the poison and died b. #Bill died and drank the poison c. Bill died: he drank the poison The lack of and in (45c) makes clear the source of the oddity in (45b). 29 (1546-1611) Chapter 2. Features and matching in coordination clauses which is not allowed by the coordinating conjunction and, which might be interpreted to mean that it is semantically neutral.

For example, the noun phrase every dog will map onto 1 any set containing all the dogs. . Conjunctions of non-atomic singular noun phrases give rise to singular coordinate noun phrases. .. Lasersohn’s work draws on the work of Partee and Rooth (1983) who present a generalized conjunction operation for cases like those in (50) which can be summarized this way: (52) Where A and B are non-atomic noun phrases, [[A and B]] is that function f such that f(X) = 1 if [[A]] (X) = 1 and [[B]] (X) = 1; otherwise f (X) = 0 (for all X in the domain of [[A]], [[B]]).

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