Chapter published in:Interfaces in Grammar
Edited by Jianhua Hu and Haihua Pan
[Language Faculty and Beyond 15] 2019
► pp. 207–244
The syntax of either and disjunction
It is argued that the scope indicator either is base-generated in place and its syntactic relation with disjunction is subject to a phase-theoretic locality constraint. Apparently unbalanced disjunction where either does not occur adjacent to disjunction is in fact syntactically balanced coordination, with parts of the second disjunct possibly deleted by independent processes such as gapping or extraposition. Some facts recalling locality constraints on movement are shown to be due to conditions on deletion independently of movement. Processing may explain some but not all facts.
Published online: 15 April 2019
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