Coordinator

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A coordinator is a particle or affix that serves to link the coordinands in coordination.

Examples

In English, the most important coordinators are and, or, and but.

Subtypes

Synonym

  • coordinating conjunction (this term was the most comomn term in the second half of the 19th century, and was still widely used in the 20th).

Origin

The term became current only in the 20th century. Probably Bloomfield's (1933:195) use of the term was very influential in spreading it.

  • "The phrase boys and girls belongs to the same form-class as the constituents, boys, girls; these constituents are the members of the co-ordination, and the other constituent is the co-ordinator." (Bloomfield 1933:195)

Reference

Bloomfield, Leonard. 1933. Language. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Other languages

German Koordinator