Fragments : Studies in Ellipsis and Gapping

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This volume contains essays on ellipsis - the omission of understood words or grammatical items from a sentence - and the closely related syntactic phenomena of conjunction and gapping. Ellipsis poses interesting challenges for linguists because speakers are expressing something that is not present in their words. This volume not only addresses the three perspectives resulting from recent research: Chomsky's syntactic Government and Binding approach, the semantic theories, and the processing accounts, but it also examines the cross-linguistic aspects of ellipsis by comparing the possibilities for a given type of elided structure in Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and in English. This volume will be of interest to both semanticists and more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 26mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195123026
  • 9780195123029

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors ; Preface ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Interactions of Scope and Ellipsis; Stuart Shieber, Fernando Pereira, and May Dalrymple ; 3. Ellipsis and Glue Languages; Richard Crouch ; 4. An HPSG Account of Antecedent Contained Ellipsis; Shalom Lappin ; VP Ellipsis and the Minimalist Program: Some Speculations and Proposals; Anne Lobeck ; V Movement and VP Ellipsis; Edit Doron ; Pseudogapping Puzzles; Howard Lasnik ; Gapping, PF Merger and Patterns of Partial Agreement; Joseph Aoun and Elabbas Benmamoun ; Directionality of Movement in Ellipsis Resolution in English and Japanese; Jun Abe and Hiroto Hoshi ; VP Ellipsis: Towards a Dynamic, Structural Account; Ruth Kempson, Wilfried Meyer-Viol, and Dov Gabbayshow more

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This collection approaches all the most thorny questions in a coherent and interesting way ... the contributors are well-respected. * Donna Jo Napoli, Linguistics, Swarthmore College * This is an excellent collection. It represents diverse theoretical perspectives and very much reflects the current state of the art in the study of ellipsis. * Ivan Sag, CSLI, Stanford University * This book makes a valuable addition to the literature on this fascinating subject. ... the collection constitutes a major contribution to the analysis of VP-ellipsis, and is indispensable for anyone interested in this important topic in theoretical linguistics. * Yan Huang, University of Reading, Linguistics Vol 36 *show more

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