COMITATIVE AND PLURAL PRONOUN CONSTRUCTIONS
Proceedings of IATL 17
Russian has two different means of combining two noun phrases to form a
plural noun phrase : the coordinate construction, using the conjunction
i 'and' and the comitative phrase, using the preposition s/so
'with'. This paper establishes the distinction between three types of comitative
phrase: adjunction, s-coordination and plural pronoun complementation.
Evidence for the distinction comes from reflexivization, extraction, agreement
patterns, discontinuity phenomena and semantic interpretation.
The paper shows that ordinary and s-coordination are two independent
syntactic structures. In s-coordination, it is the nominal head
s that selects two complements, whereas in ordinary coordination
the conjunction i is a marker. This structural difference explains
the difference in the behavior of the two constructions with respect to
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