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Decomposing and deducing the Coordinate Structure Constraint

Hiromune Oda
From the journal The Linguistic Review

Abstract

The article shows that the Coordinate Structure Constraint (CSC) can be violated in a number of languages and establishes a novel cross-linguistic generalization regarding languages that allow violations of the CSC. A phase-based deduction of this generalization is then provided under a particular contextual approach to phases. In addition, based on the cross-linguistic data regarding violations of the CSC, it is argued that the CSC should be separated into two conditions: (i) the ban on extraction of a conjunct, and (ii) the ban on extraction out of a conjunct. This means that the whole coordinate structure (ConjP) as well as individual conjuncts are islands independently of each other. The article also addresses the long-standing debate regarding where in the grammar the CSC applies, arguing that the two different conditions that result from the separation of the traditional CSC ((i) and (ii) above) are deduced from different mechanisms in the architecture of the grammar: one is a purely syntactic condition, and the other is an interface condition.


Corresponding author: Hiromune Oda, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA, E-mail:

Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Jonathan Bobaljik, Ian Roberts, Mamoru Saito, and especially Željko Bošković for their helpful comments and suggestions. I also thank Akihiko Arano, Vicki Carstens, Pietro Cerrone, Christos Christopoulos, Guglielmo Cinque, Norbert Corver, Marcin Dadan, Ewa Fiuk-Cerrone, Paula Fenger, Jordi Fortuny, Yoshiki Fujiwara, Ryosuke Hattori, Ken Hiraiwa, Tim Hunter, Noriko Imanishi, Shun’ichiro Inada, Robin Jenkins, Ivana Jovović, Pasha Koval, Renato Lacerda, Sabine Laszakovits, David Lightfoot, Gabriel Martínez Vera, Mioko Miyama, Hisashi Morita, Isso Nakamura, Kenji Oda, Yohei Oseki, Jayeon Park, Roberto Petrosino, Asia Pietraszko, Hiroaki Saito, Yuta Sakamoto, Nic Schrum, Laura Snider, Adrian Stegovec, Aida Talić, Yuta Tatsumi, Yongsuk Yoo, and audiences at NELS 47 and CamCoS 8 for data, discussions, and/or comments at various stages of this work. I am also thankful to two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are of course my own.

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