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Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271092.001.0001

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VP Ellipsis and its Relatives

VP Ellipsis and its Relatives

(p.283) CHAPTER 8 VP Ellipsis and its Relatives
Simpler Syntax

Peter W. Culicover (Contributor Webpage)

Ray Jackendoff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on a second major class of fragment constructions, those that stand in freely for canonical VPs. Within this class there are two major types, VP ellipsis (1a) and do X anaphora (1b); X happen anaphora (1c) is a variant of the latter. Pseudo-gapping (1d) is still another type. Within NPs, one-anaphora (1e) has characteristics parallel to do X anaphora. Two recent arguments that there is syntactic structure in the ellipted (that is, invisible) part of the ellipsis construction are considered. A summary of both Chapters 7 and 8 is presented.

Keywords:   fragment constructions, canonical VPs, syntactic structure, indirect licensing, pseudo-gapping, syntactic deletion

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