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Negation in Gapping

Sophie Repp


This study investigates the behaviour of the negation in the ellipsis type of gapping and shows that gapping sentences with a negation in the first conjunct but not in the second can receive one of the following readings: (¬A&¬B), (¬A&B), (¬(A&B)). Which reading arises depends on phonological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic factors. The book proposes a syntactic copying analysis of gapping, which, combined with semantic‐pragmatic criteria such as balanced contrast between the conjuncts, accounts for the various readings. A thorough investigation of different subtypes of negation – predicat ... More

Keywords: gapping sentences, phonological factors, syntactic factors, pragmatic factors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199543601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543601.001.0001


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Sophie Repp, author
Humboldt University
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