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LINGUIST List 24.3199

Thu Aug 08 2013

Qs: Types of coordinators in verbal hendiadys

Editor for this issue: Alex Isotalo <alxlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Aug-2013
From: Jessica Brown <jb789cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Types of coordinators in verbal hendiadys
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Dear all,

I am looking at verbal hendiadys, where two verbal elements are conjoined with 'and' to form a single complex event (also called pseudocoordination).

An example in English is 'sat and read' in (1):

(1) John sat and read the long book.

This construction also allows extraction of an argument from one of the conjuncts to sentence-initial position:

(2) Which long book did John sit and read?


Does anyone know of/work on a language with more than one form of 'and', and if so:

(i) Is pseudocoordination/verbal hendiadys possible in that language, and

(ii) Which form of 'and' is used?

Looking forward to hearing from you, and thank you in advance,


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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