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Properties of Coordination of Distinct Types of Interrogatives in English

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2024, 71(), pp.53-75
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2024.71..53
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : January 10, 2024
  • Accepted : February 6, 2024
  • Published : February 29, 2024

Mija Kim 1 Cho Sae Youn 1

1강원대학교

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ABSTRACT

The paper presents the distributional and discourse properties of the coordination of distinct types of interrogatives in English. Ross (1967) claims that sentences joined by and with different types of questions as conjuncts are considered questionable, whereas sentences coordinated with or are deemed ungrammatical. To determine whether there is a grammaticality distinction between sentences joined by and and or with dissimilar types of interrogatives as conjuncts, we thoroughly analyze the pertinent data from corpora. As a result, we find that, contra Ross (1967), the coordination of all types of interrogatives is possible for both and and or, unless the events of the conjuncts involved are disconnected. To implement the idea into a constraint-based construction grammar, we propose a pragmatic constraint on discourse coherence relations based on Kehler (1995), which can be a part of a revised version of the Coordination Rule by Sag et al. (2003). The analysis we propose here, hence, allows us to give a simple explanation on how to generate a proper set of coordinated sentences and to predict the acceptability of sentences containing the coordination of distinct types of interrogatives in English.

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