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Subordination and Binary Branching

Neeleman, A; Philip, J; Tanaka, M; van de Koot, H; (2022) Subordination and Binary Branching. Syntax (In press).

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Abstract

Syntactic representations are overwhelmingly asymmetric and binary branching. We develop an account of this based on the notion that subordination must be licensed through the discharge of a unique selectional requirement. The resulting theory predicts that symmetric structures, if they exist, will allow n-ary branching. We argue that this prediction is borne out. (i) Core properties of coordination can be explained if coordinate structures are symmetric. (ii) There is strong evidence that coordinate structures can be n-ary branching (partly based on the interpretation of attributive modifiers in multi-termed coordinate structures). Finally, we show that a symmetric account of coordination permits a straightforward explanation of the distribution of coordinators in English.

Type: Article
Title: Subordination and Binary Branching
Publisher version: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14679612
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Linguistics, Syntax, (A)symmetry, binary branching, coordination, linkers
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134120
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