The syntax of pseudo-coordination in English and Afrikaans

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The syntax of pseudo-coordination in English and Afrikaans

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: The syntax of pseudo-coordination in English and Afrikaans
Author: Vos, Mark Andrew de
Publisher: Igitur/LOT: Netherlands graduate school of linguistics
Leiden University Center for Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2005-11-03
Keywords: Afrikaans
Direct linking verb
Indirect linking verb
Verb cluster
Head movement
Feature movement
Abstract: The dissertation provides a systematic description of English and Afrikaans verbal pseudo-coordination and a formal analysis couched in the Minimalist program. It has implications for the way narrow syntax conjoins categories and features and argues for a role for syntactic operations below the level of the head. The dissertation also has consequences for the nature of headmovement, excorporation and its triggers. Verbal pseudo-coordination typically involves an aspectual verb coordinated with a lexical verb. This dissertation argues that verbal pseudo-coordination is not a unitary phenomenon and can involve coordination of verbal heads rather than phrasal categories. The analysis allows a treatment of pseudocoordination as ordinary coordination rather than as subordination. The typology of verbal pseudo-coordination is extended with a discussion of reduplicative coordination and Afrikaaans pseudo-coordination with verbs of posture. It is shown that coordination can target features at or below the level of the head and that this allows strong conceptions of the Coordinate Structure Constraint and the Law of Coordination of Likes to be maintained.
Description: Promotores: J.E.C.V. Rooryck, S.Barbiers
Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Vos, M.A. de, 2005. Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: LOT dissertation series;114
ISBN: 9076864810

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