Having the edge: a new perspective on pseudo-coordination in Danish and Afrikaans

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  • Theresa Biberauer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Sten Vikner
This paper will discuss pseudo-coordination in Danish and in Afrikaans, in particular positional pseudo-coordination, which is used, firstly, with a meaning very close to the one expressed by the English progressive tenses (Danish/Afrikaans He lies and sleeps ≈ English He is sleeping) and, secondly, also with a speaker-oriented affective meaning also evident in English went and-constructions (He went and forgot his password). Based on a combination of the analyses in Ramchand (2008) and Cinque (1999, 2004), we will show that many of the seemingly quirky properties of this construction can be derived by assuming that the two verbs are forced to share a single clausal domain (much like an auxiliary verb and a main verb in these languages), which means that significant parts of the functional structure are not available to one of the two verbs (cf. Kjeldahl 2010). This fact, we argue, also plays a role in the presence of a speaker-oriented outermost vP-edge that appears to be available, subject to parametric variation, in languages exhibiting structures which require multiple verbs to be merged within the lexical domain (see i.a. also Tsai 2010 on Chinese, Kandybowicz 2013 on Nupe).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Schrift to Fest Kyle Johnson
EditorsNicholas LaCara, Keir Moulton, Anne-Michelle Tessier
Number of pages14
Place of publicationAmherst
PublisherDepartment of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts
Publication year2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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