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
Maintained by Stefan Müller
Created: October 15, 2017
Last modified: January 09, 2019