Posted by Neal on August 24, 2005
A few more Friends in Low Places coordinations to add to the collection:
[A and B] C D
where only the C had been factored out of both coordinates, and the D belonged only to the second one. A paraphrase would be:
[A C] and [B C D]
Here are the coordinations, along with blogger and Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh’s comments:
“In the players’ box was Tony Nadal, the uncle and coach of Rafael Nadal since he started playing as a youngster.”
Tony didn’t become Rafael’s uncle until Rafael started playing tennis? No.
“Members of the platoon testified that they punched, kicked and struck the detainee with their rifles.”
They punched him with their rifles and kicked them with their rifles? No.
In the first quotation, A = uncle, B = coach, C = of Rafael Nadal, and D = since he started playing as a youngster. In the second quotation, A = punched, B = kicked, B’ = struck, C = the detainee, and D = with their rifles.
Chris also mentioned that other not-quite-parallel coordinations were just fine in German, which reminded me of some well-known German examples in the linguistics literature that I was going to comment on. But that’ll have to wait, because over at Piloklok, Bob Kennedy adds the latest example:
Senators sign and trade Hossa for Heatley
It doesn’t mean that the Senators signed Hossa for Heatley (which doesn’t make sense) and traded Hossa for Heatley. It means that they signed Hossa, and traded him for Heatley. In this example, A = signed, B = traded, C = Hossa, and D = for Heatley.