coordination and gapping

Claire Bowern bowern at RICE.EDU
Fri Sep 23 13:07:01 UTC 2005

I'm not sure that holds. Many Australian languages have several types of 
coordination (at least for NPs - often a general co-ordinator and a 
comitative case); they also have extensive ellipsis and gapping. I have 
tested this for Bardi for sentences of the type you mention and they 
were grammatical. Let me know if you need examples.
All the best,

Stephen Matthews wrote:
> 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.

Dr Claire Bowern
Linguistics, Rice University
Houston TX

More information about the Lingtyp mailing list