Coordination of Unlike Grammatical Cases (and Unlike Categories)
Adam Przepiórkowski
July 2022

It is often claimed that conjuncts in coordinate structures must be alike in various ways, in particular, that they should have the same syntactic category and the same grammatical case, if any. This paper aims to refute such claims. On the basis of data from Polish, Estonian, and other languages, it demonstrates that there is no universal requirement that conjuncts be alike. Any appearances of such a requirement result from the fact that each conjunct must satisfy all functional constraints on the coordinate structure. The paper discusses ways of formalising such distributive satisfaction of constraints within four major linguistic frameworks: Lexical Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, and Minimalism.

[Versions v1–v3 are contentwise identical, with some minor typesetting differences; the current version differs from v3 only minimally (updated acknowledgements, a couple of stylistic corrections). The published version is HERE.]
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Reference: lingbuzz/006492
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Published in: Language 98(3), pages 592–634
keywords: coordination, unlike category coordination, grammatical cases, lfg, categorial grammar, hpsg, minimalism, differential object marking, heterofunctional coordination, lexico-semantic coordination, polish, estonian, russian, law of coordination of likes, symmetry of case in conjunction, syntax
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