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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2002, Vol. 33, No. 1, Pages 97-156
(doi: 10.1162/002438902317382198)
© 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Restoring Exotic Coordinations to Normalcy
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I analyze two instances in German where coordinations seem to violate Ross's (1967) Coordinate Structure Constraint. I follow Schwarz 1998 and argue that the two constructions are underlyingly the same, one deriving from the other through gapping. Using the thesis that the verb-final word order in German involves a short leftward movement of the finite verb or verb phrase, I provide a method of avoiding the Coordinate Structure Constraint violation that would otherwise be expected.