The syntax of the not only ... but also ... Construction

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https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2017.13

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This paper investigates the syntax of the English not only ... but also ... construction, focusing on the linearization possibilities of not only. Based on novel corpus data, I argue that the not only ... but also ... construction exhibits different properties from the not ... but ... construction or the adverbial only. I propose that a linearization-based account, along with coordinate ellipsis, can explain the various linearization possibilities of not only. I also propose that the construction as a whole is a subtype of the type correlative-coord-ph, which is a novel subtype of coord-ph. Finally, I argue that subject-auxiliary inversion triggered by the clause-initial not only is a new subtype of the type negative-inversion-ph.

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2017-10-15

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Lee, Sarah Hye-yeon. 2017. The syntax of the not only . but also . Construction. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 217–232. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2017.13) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/378) (Accessed December 8, 2022.)