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Co-Compounds and Natural Coordination$
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Bernhard Wälchli

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276219.001.0001

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Tight Coordination

Tight Coordination

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Co-Compounds and Natural Coordination

Bernhard Wälchli

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses three dimensions of tight coordination, length of coordination, marking patterns, and semantic correlates. It is shown that coordination with different degrees of tightness has different semantic implicatures, which is problematic for coordination reduction approaches in syntax. Various semantic correlates of tight coordination are described, showing that natural coordination is only one of them — others being group coordination, intersective coordination, overlapping coordination, enumeration, and pseudo-coordination. Coordination and comitatives are considered contrastively, and the relationship between conjunction and disjunction is discussed, taking into account the specific implicatures usually associated with disjunction and considering particular forms of disjunction, such as explicative disjunction and repair and pseudo-repair.

Keywords:   coordination reduction, conjunction, disjunction, group coordination, comitative, enumeration, repair

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