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Pseudo-subordination: a mismatch between syntax and semantics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 April 2002

The Ohio State University
The University of Chicago


Culicover & Jackendoff (1997) argue that ‘left-subordinating’ and-constructions (e.g. You drink one more can of beer and I'm leaving) should be differently represented in the dimensions of syntax and semantics, being coordinate in the former, and subordinate in the latter. Here we expand on their point by showing that their case is not an isolated one, but that there are many other instances of coordination-subordination mismatches. We will show that these facts make sense within a theory of grammar such as Autolexical Grammar (Sadock 1991) in which the autonomy of different components of grammar is assumed. Given such a view it is possible to postulate primitive notions of coordination and subordination that apply equally well to various components of grammar and thus predict the possibility of coordination-subordination mismatches.

Research Article
© 2002 Cambridge University Press

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Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the University of Chicago Syntax Workshop, 1996, the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, 1997, the Wednesday Talk at the University of Chicago, 1998, and the OSU Linguistics Department Speaker Series, 2000. Thanks to the audiences on these occasions. We are especially grateful to James McCawley, Amy Dahlstrom, Robert Van Valin, Yoshio Ueno, Samuel Bayer, James Unger, Craige Roberts, Mary Beckman, Vasishth Shravan, and two anonymous JL referees for invaluable discussion and comments. Any remaining errors and oversights are our own.