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Coordination - Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Hardback)
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Coordination - Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Hardback)

Hardback 308 Pages / Published: 12/03/1998
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This volume is a study of coordination, i.e. structures with conjunctions such as and, but, and or. These are important words in their constructions, rather than being unimportant and superfluous, because they have many properties in common with categories such as verbs and prepositions. Dr Johannessen has analysed data from thirty-three languages, many of them unrelated, and has found striking similarities. She focuses in particular on `unbalanced coordination' (UC), that is, coordination in which the conjuncts differ with respect to crucial grammatical features such as case and word order. UC occurs in many of the languages in the study, and provides evidence for an analysis of overt, as well as covert, conjunctions as heads in an X-bar theoretical framework. Specifically, there is a strong correlation between the order of conjunctions and abnormal conjuncts and that of heads and complements generally in the languages that have UC. Dr Johannessen also considers extraordinary balanced coordination, in which both conjuncts are abnormal. This phenomenon provides additional evidence for conjunctions being heads. She gives a comprehensive account of coordination in general, including extraction, coordination categories, multiple coordination, and 'discontinuous conjunctions'. SERIES DESCRIPTION Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax Series Editor: Richard S. Kayne The growing sophistication of syntactic theory is making it possible to achieve an increasingly precise characterization of syntactic differences among languages. By shedding light on the nature of syntactic variation, the books in this series will also contribute to our understanding of that which is syntactically variant, i.e. those facets of syntax that can be construed as reflecting properties of universal grammar.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198237099
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 21 mm

I very much liked Johannessen's book. It is clearly written and fun to read, and it contains a lot of interesting data and many well-argued and bold analyses. * Tor A. Afarli, Linguistics, Vol.36, 2000. *
Among the clear strenghts of this book is the coverage of data, both as to the number of languages taken into account and the many different and unusual types of coordination data discussed. The book is also easy to read ... Although I do not aways agree with the proposals that are made, the boldness with which they are argued for is often impressive and actually makes reading this book quite entertaining. * Tor A. Afarli, Linguistics, Vol.36, 2000. *

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