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Ideal in introductory courses dealing with grammatical structure and linguistic analysis, Introduction to Typology overviews the major grammatical categories and constructions in the world's languages. Framed in a typological perspective, the constant concern of this primary text is to underscore the similarities and differences which underlie the vast array of human languages.

Coordination and Cosubordination
Coordination and cosubordination

In Chapter 15, the traditional distinction between subordination and coordination was briefly introduced. In short, subordination occurs when two clauses are combined and one of the clauses is grammatically dependent on the other. Coordination, on the other hand, arises when the two clauses (or other elements) are combined but neither one is embedded in or dependent on the other (Dik 1968). An example is provided in (1).

  • Yoruba is spoken in Nigeria, and Wolof is spoken in Senegal.

The conjunction and signals that the two clauses are a linguistic unit, but there is no grammatical dependence between them. Indeed, they could both occur independently of one another. This is not true in the case of subordination.

The difference between coordination and ...

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