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Coordination and the Syntax – Discourse Interface

Daniel Altshuler and Robert Truswell

June 2022

ISBN: 9780198804246

336 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

Oxford Surveys in Syntax & Morphology

Price: £35.00

This survey explores interactions between syntax and discourse, through a case study of patterns of extraction from coordinate structures. It offers a starting point for further research on extraction from coordinate structures and provides a guide to how to tease out the theoretical implications of empirical findings.

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This survey explores interactions between syntax and discourse, through a case study of patterns of extraction from coordinate structures. It offers a starting point for further research on extraction from coordinate structures and provides a guide to how to tease out the theoretical implications of empirical findings.

  • The most complete account to date of extraction from coordinate structures
  • Raises theoretical and empirical questions across syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse structure
  • Shows how coordinate structures can inform work on the interface between syntax and discourse
  • Offers a starting point for further research into extraction from coordinate structures, particularly in understudied languages

About the Author(s)

Daniel Altshuler, Associate Professor of Semantics, University of Oxford, and Robert Truswell, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh

Daniel Altshuler is Associate Professor of Semantics at the University of Oxford. He specializes in formal semantics and pragmatics. The theme of his research is context dependence with the aim of better understanding how compositional semantics interacts with discourse structure and discourse coherence. He also has active interests in philosophy of language and philosophy of literature, including their intersections. He is the author of Events, States and Times (de Gruyter, 2016), co-author of A Course in Semantics (MIT Press, 2019), and editor of Linguistics meets Philosophy (CUP, 2022).

Robert Truswell is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in syntax and the syntax-semantics interface, and aims to simplify syntactic theory by developing nonsyntactic accounts of phenomena such as locality, scope, and binding, through developing theories of the division of labor between syntax and semantics, and theories of the effect of recurring patterns of grammatical change on synchronic grammatical typology. He is the author of the OUP monograph Events, Phrases, and Questions (2011), and editor or co-editor of three other OUP volumes: Syntax and its Limits (2013), Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax (2017), and The Oxford Handbook of Event Structure (2019; paperback 2021)

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:What is coordination?
    3:Extraction from coordinate structures
    4:Syntax calls the shots
    5:Discourse calls the shots
    6:Discourse structure
    7:Conclusions
    Appendix: List of choice points