Pseudogapping and Ellipsis

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/8/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This book is all about ellipsis in natural language - the phenomena in which words and phrases go missing in the linguistic signal, but are nonethe less interpreted by the receiver, eg in the following sentence, the second instance of read is understood whether or not it is spoken Claire read a book and Heather [read] a magazine. Contemporary theoretical linguistics has described several forms of ellipsis in English, and different syntactic mechanisms have been proposed which account for their structures.

Kirsten Gengel investigates pseudogapping, which, she proposes, is one variety of ellipsis. At the heart of her discussion lies the interaction between focus and deletion. Her analysis - which draws on new research in Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, and Dutch, as well as data from Portuguese, French, and English - provides a novel approach to not only this particular form of ellipsis but to the derivation of ellipsis in general, and has the potential of unifying several elliptical phenomena in generative grammar.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction
2. An Overview of the Book
3. Previous Accounts of Pseudogapping
Part II: Movement
4. A-movement in Pseudogapping
5. A-bar-movement in Pseudogapping
Part III: Deletion
6. The Semantics of Focus and Ellipsis
7. The Deletion Process
8. Movement and Deletion: a uniform account of ellipsis
9. Conclusion

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