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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2015, Vol. 46, No. 1, Pages 1-42
(doi: 10.1162/ling_a_00174)
© 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nonconstituent Coordination in Japanese as Constituent Coordination: An Analysis in Hybrid Type-Logical Categorial Grammar
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Nonconstituent coordination poses a particularly challenging problem for standard kinds of syntactic theories in which the notion of phrase structure (or constituency) is taken to be a primitive in some way or other. Previous approaches within such theories essentially equate nonconstituent coordination with coordination of full-fledged clauses at some level of grammatical representation. I present data from Japanese that pose problems for such approaches and argue for an alternative analysis in which the apparent nonconstituents are in fact surface constituents having full-fledged meanings, couched in a framework called Hybrid Type-Logical Categorial Grammar (Kubota 2010, Kubota and Levine 2012, Kubota 2014).