coordination and gapping

Stephen Matthews matthews at HKUCC.HKU.HK
Fri Sep 23 02:01:37 UTC 2005

Dear all,
It would seem plausible to hypothesize that languages using comitative
coordination, like Chinese, will not have gapping. 
A theoretical approach to the absence of gapipng in Chinese is:

Tang, Sze-Wing. The (non-)existence of gapping in Chinese and its
implications for the theory of gapping. Journal of East Asian Linguistics
10, 201-224 (2001).

Stephen Matthews
University of Hong Kong

At 11:20 AM 9/22/2005 -0700, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>i'm forwarding this query on behalf of a non-subscriber to this list.  
>*please* reply to her (gappingucl at as well as to the list  
>(so that i won't have to act as a forwarding agency).
>Begin forwarded message:
>> From: ana carrera <gappingucl at>
>> Date: September 19, 2005 3:53:18 AM PDT
>> To: zwicky at
>> Subject: coordination
>> Dear Prof. Zwicky,
>> I am a PhD student working on coordination in the University of  
>> London. I am especially interested in the analysis of gapping  
>> constructions. I would be very grateful if you could give me some  
>> advice on a particular matter. I need to test one of my hypothesis,  
>> namely the fact that gapping in the second conjunct (like in  
>> English, cf. (1) below) is only possible in those languages which  
>> have a single coordinator for conjoining NPs, PPs, clauses, etc:
>> (1) I ate bread and Peter chocolate.
>> SInce English has only  "and" for everything, then forward gapping  
>> is possible. Languages like Japanese have more than one coordinator  
>> and therefore they do not allow forward gapping.
>> However, to test this I would need to consider different languages  
>> from different families. I would be very grateful if you could tell  
>> me whether it would be possible for me to send an email to the ALT  
>> list even if I am not a member.

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