This paper provides a novel analysis for the distributive reading of coordinate structures under Right Node Raising (CoRNR). The authors show that the properties of this construction exclude a number of previous analyses based on movement, binding, or ellipsis. They propose to extend Citko's 2003 constituent sharing analysis of ATB questions, by claiming that CoRNR constructions feature a coordinate structure embedded inside a larger one. Such structures create a linearization problem that is resolved at PF by extraposing the lower coordinate structure. On top of accounting for the seemingly paradoxical properties of CoRNR sentences, this analysis can also be extended to regular RNR sentences and to coordinated wh-questions.
Proceedings of the 24th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by John Alderete, Chung-hye Han, and Alexei Kochetov Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-407-2 library binding
vi + 405 pages
publication date: 2005
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA