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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2004, Vol. 35, No. 2, Pages 301-313
(doi: 10.1162/002438904323019093)
© 2004 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
French Bare Arguments Are Not Extinct: The Case of Coordinated Bare Nouns
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The study of bare arguments mainly concentrates on the distribution of bare plurals (BPs) while little attention is paid to coordinated bare nouns (CBNs). The contribution of Heycock and Zamparelli (2003) is a serious attempt to fill this gap, but the details of their analysis lead to predictions that are not correct for French. I show that CBNs exhibit surprisingly uniform behavior across languages, unlike BPs, which are subject to crosslinguistic variation, as sketched by Longobardi (2001). To account for these facts, I propose a modification of Heycock and Zamparelli's analysis of CBNs.