On the relation between adjunction and type A coordination
Ad Neeleman, Misako Tanaka
February 2020

Ross (1967) already observed that the coordinate structure constraint can be violated in certain semantically asymmetric structures. In this paper we consider one of these structures, namely type A coordination (in the terminology of Lakoff 1986; an example is 'Here’s the whisky I went to the store and bought.') We argue, following Ross, that extraction is possible because the second conjunct in type A coordination is in fact an adjunct. We present experimental evidence showing that the pattern of argument and adjunct extraction from type A coordination matches the pattern of argument and adjunct extraction from adjunction structures in a number of crucial respects. We then develop a theory of coordination and coordinators which captures similarities between regular symmetric coordination and type A coordination (as highlighted in Kehler 2002). Our theory crucially separates the role of the coordinator from syntactic coordination, which is argued to be a structure of mutual adjunction. This dissociation allows coordinators to show up in non-coordinate structures, including in type A coordination.
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Published in: UCL
keywords: coordination, adjunction, coordinate structure constraint, type a coordination, syntax
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