Coordinate distributivity in Russian and other languages

Masha Esipova (NYU)


I will talk about two types of coordinate constructions in Russian, the counterparts of which exist in Greek, Hungarian and possibly other languages, that are distinct from ordinary conjunction and disjunction in terms of the inferences they trigger, namely:

In my attempt to provide a compositional semantics for these constructions I will follow the basic intuition that they are distributive constructions (CDCs) in which multiple coordinated Shares (things that are being distributed) are distributed over a single Key (thing that is being distributed over), and I will review two major options: analyzing CDCs as essentially disjunctive constructions and as essentially conjunctive ones.