[Ads-l] Coordinate STRUCTURE Constraint violated on Facebook

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 20 16:28:51 EDT 2018


FWIW, IMO, Geoff's example is stranger than the others. However, if Geoff's
sentence read,

"How much treason do you need to stand by and watch Trump commit, before
you decide to do something about it?"

then, for me, it would be so good of😜 a sentence that I'd have to study
over it for a while to see what's interesting about it.


On Fri, 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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> Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
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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
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> Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
> http://blogs.wayne.edu/proftech/
> geoffnathan at wayne.edu
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