Coordinate Structure Constraint
In generative syntax, Coordinate Structure Constraint is a constraint on movement proposed in Ross (1967) which says that
- In a coordinate structure, no conjunct may be moved, nor may any element contained in a conjunct be moved out of that conjunct.
The CSC explains the ungrammaticality of (i) and (ii).
(i) * which professor did you divide the cake between [ Mieke and t ]
(ii) * which book did you [VP [VP steal t from Ger] and [VP give the paper to Jacqueline] ]
These examples violate the first and the second clause of the CSC, respectively.
Well-known exceptions to the CSC are Across-the-Board extractions.
- George, L. 1980. Analogical Generalization in Natural Language. Diss. MIT.
- Pesetsky, D. 1982. Paths and categories. Diss. MIT.
- Ross, J.R. 1967. Constraints on variables in syntax. Doctoral dissertation, MIT (published as 'Infinite syntax!' Ablex, Norwood (1986)).