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If not then who? And maybe someone can suggest a good book of history of English linguistics? Can't find myself. Thanks!

  • If you could explain what you mean by "generalization of coordination", it might be possible to answer your question. However, without context, the phrase means next to nothing. – jlawler Apr 18 '17 at 1:54
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    @jlawler the OP is asking about en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordination_(linguistics) and Chomsky's work in generalizing it is touched on here pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6211/… I believe OP is asking if (Chomsky 1957) is the first example of someone making this generalization. – Not_Here Apr 18 '17 at 11:35
  • @Not_Here: So, conjunction reduction. Thank you. I certainly know of no earlier discussion. – jlawler Apr 18 '17 at 23:24

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