The Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis
The Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis

The Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis


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This handbook is the first volume to provide a comprehensive, in-depth, and balanced discussion of ellipsis phenomena, whereby the meaning of an utterance is richer than would be expected based solely on its linguistic form. Natural language abounds in these apparently incomplete expressions, such as I laughed but Ed didn't, in which the final portion of the sentence, the verb 'laugh', remains unpronounced but is still understood. The range of phenomena involved raise general and fundamental questions about the workings of grammar, but also constitute a treasure trove of fine-grained points of inter- and intralinguistic variation.

The volume is divided into four parts. In the first, authors examine the role that ellipsis plays and how it is analysed in different theoretical frameworks and linguistic subdisciplines, such as HPSG, construction grammar, inquisitive semantics, and computational linguistics. Chapters in the second part highlight the usefulness of ellipsis as a diagnostic tool for other linguistic phenomena including movement and islands and codeswitching, while part III focuses instead on the types of elliptical constructions found in natural language, such as sluicing, gapping, and null complement anaphora. Finally, the last part of the book contains case studies that investigate elliptical phenomena in a wide variety of languages, including Dutch, Japanese, Persian, and Finnish Sign Language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198712398
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2019
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Pages: 1152
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, Associate Professor of Dutch Linguistics, KU Leuven,Tanja Temmerman, Assistant Professor of Dutch Linguistics, Universite Saint-Louis

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck is Associate Professor of Dutch Linguistics at KU Leuven, where he is also vice-president of the Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (CRISSP). He is the author of The Syntax of Ellipsis (OUP, 2010) and general editor of the journal Linguistic Variation. His research interests include ellipsis (sluicing, swiping, spading, VP-ellipsis), expletives, verb clusters, and the left periphery of the clause.

Tanja Temmerman is Assistant Professor of Dutch Linguistics at Universite Saint-Louis - Bruxelles (Belgium). She also teaches English and Scientific Research Methodology. She obtained her Ph.D. from Leiden University in 2012 with a dissertation entitled 'Multidominance, ellipsis, and quantifier scope'. Her research focuses principally on (generative) syntax, issues at the syntax-phonology and syntax-semantics interfaces, Dutch dialectology, and comparative Germanic syntax. Specific topics of interest include ellipsis, the internal and external syntax of idioms, phase theory, long distance dependencies, island effects, phrase structure, modals, and negation.

Table of Contents

1. Ellipsis in natural language: Theoretical and empirical perspectives, Jeroen van Craenenbroeck and Tanja Temmerman
Part I: The Theory of Ellipsis
2. Ellipsis: A survey of analytical approaches, ason Merchant
3. Ellipsis in Transformational Grammar, Howard Lasnik and Kenshi Funakoshi
4. Ellipsis in Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Jonathan Ginzburg and Philip Miller
5. Ellipsis in Categorial Grammar, Pauline Jacobson
6. Ellipsis in Dependency Grammar, Timothy Osborne
7. Ellipsis in Simpler Syntax, Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff
8. Ellipsis in Construction Grammar, Adele E. Goldberg and Florent Perek
9. Ellipsis in Dynamic Syntax, Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Arash Eshghi, and Julian Hough
10. Ellipsis in Inquisitive Semantics, Scott AnderBois
11. Ellipsis and psycholinguistics, Lyn Frazier
12. Ellipsis and acquisition, Tom Roeper
13. Ellipsis and discourse, Andrew Kehler
14. Ellipsis and computational linguistics, Daniel Hardt
15. Ellipsis and prosody, Susan Winkler
Part II: Ellipsis as a Diagnostic Tool
16. Movement and islands, Klaus Abels
17. Aphasia and acquisition, Yosef Grodzinsky, Isabelle Deschamps, and Lewis P. Shapiro
18. Parsing strategies, Masaya Yoshida
19. Codeswitching, Kay Gonzalez-Vilbazo and Sergio E. Ramos
Part III: Elliptical Constructions
20. Sluicing and its subtypes, Luis Vicente
21. Predicate ellipsis, Lobke Aelbrecht and William Harwood
22. Nominal ellipsis, Andres Saab
23. Gapping and stripping, Kyle Johnson
24. Fragments, Alison Hall
25. Comparative deletion, Winfried Lechner
26. Null Complement Anaphora, Marcela Depiante
27. Conjunction reduction and Right Node Raising, Chris Wilder
Part IV: Case Studies
28. Dutch, Norbert Corver and Marjo van Koppen
29. Finnish Sign Language, Tommi Jantunen
30. French, Anne Dagnac
31. Hungarian, Aniko Liptak
32. Indonesian, Catherine Fortin
33. Japanese, Teruhiko Fukaya
34. Kiswahili and Shingazidja, Cedric Patin and Sophie Manus
35. Persian, Maziar Toosarvandani
36. Polish, Joanna Nykiel
37. Russian, John Frederick Bailyn and Tatiana Bondarenko
38. Varieties of English, Gary Thoms

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