Is there switch-reference marking in coordinated clauses?

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The question of whether there are languages which exhibit switch-reference marking in coordinated clauses has emerged to be a very important one for the whole topic of switch-reference and interclausal dependencies. In this paper, I examine those languages known to me which have been claimed to have switch-reference marking in coordinated clauses. I will show that in all languages in question switch-reference marking behaves totally identical with respect to three independent parameters. I argue that this is not a coincidence and can be nicely explained by assuming that what looks like switch-reference marking in these languages is in fact a completely different phenomenon, namely Tight vs. loose coordination. Hence, I argue that the question raised in the title of this paper is to be answered with “no”.


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