Chapter 10Pseudo-coordination, pseudo-subordination, and para-hypotaxis
A perspective from Semitic linguistics
The phenomena of pseudo-coordination and, to a lesser degree, pseudo-subordination have been recognized to play an important role in Semitics linguistics, notably in the realm of converb (gerund) and serial verb constructions, albeit under different scholarly labeling. As the distinction between coordinated (paratactic) and subordinated (hypotactic) structures is often blurred in this context, this paper additionally refers to the concept of “para-hypotaxis”. As will be shown, this choice of terminology, further elaborating on a basic model proposed by Yuasa and Sadock (2002: 91), is useful to describe an analyze a number of phenomena in the domain of complex predicates, in both ancient and modern Semitic languages.
- 2.Syntactic coordination of finite and non-finite verb forms
- 3.Typological considerations