[Ads-l] Coordinate STRUCTURE Constraint violated on Facebook

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 20 14:52:13 EDT 2018


Yes, the classic papers are John Goldsmith’s from CLS 21, Part 1 (1985) and George Lakoff’s from CLS 22, Part 2 (1986), with examples like (1) and (2) respectively

(1) a. How many courses can we expect our students to teach and still write a decent dissertation?
     b.  How much can you drink and not end up with a hangover the next morning?
(2) a. This is the kind of brandy you can sip after dinner, watch tv for a while, sip some more of, work a bit, finish off, go to bed, and still feel fine in the morning.
     b.  Sam is not the sort of guy you can just sit there, listen to, and not want to punch in the nose.  
     c.  What did he go to the store, buy, load in his car, drive home, and unload?

LH

> On Jul 20, 2018, at 2:11 PM, Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
> 
> Err.. That should be the Coordinate Structure Constraint.
> Those are coordinated VP’s.
> 
> Sorry.
> 
> Geoff
> 
> Geoffrey S. Nathan
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> From: Geoffrey Nathan<mailto:geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU>
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> Please ignore the political message (or not, as you choose) but there=92s a=
> meme floating around on Facebook that straightforwardly violates Ross=92s =
> Coordinate Noun Phrase Constraint (or any of its modern versions). Apologie=
> s if you=92re not into such syntactic minutiae:
> 
> How much treason do you need to stand by and watch Trump commit?
> 
> How much treason{i} do you need to [                                           ]
> 
>                                     [stand by] and [watch Trump commit X{i} ]
> 
> (FWIW George Lakoff found a few of these several years ago, but I haven=92t=
> seen one live in a while)
> 
> Geoff
> 
> Geoffrey S. Nathan
> WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
> Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
> http://blogs.wayne.edu/proftech/
> geoffnathan at wayne.edu
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