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Ellipsis : Functional Heads, Licensing, and Identification - Anne Lobeck

Ellipsis

Functional Heads, Licensing, and Identification

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 1995
ISBN: 9780195091816
Number Of Pages: 224

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This book elaborates a theory of ellipsis that sheds new light on a well-known phenomenon, bringing it under the aegis of general and universal principles. Lobeck argues that ellipted categories in IP (VP Ellipsis), DP (N' Ellipsis), and CP (Sluicing) are empty, non-referential pronominals, subject to the same licensing and identification conditions as referential pro. She proposes that both types of empty pronominals must be licensed under head-government to satisfy the Empty Category Principle, and identified through strong agreement. In the case of ellipsis, agreement-type features make the empty category visible to interpretive processes of reconstruction. These licensing and identification conditions derive the result that ellipses are complements of functional categories DET, COMP, and INFL, but not of lexical categories. The analysis is supported by contrastive evidence from ellipsis in French and German, in which licensing and identification interact with Verb Raising, feature checking, and a parameter defining "strong" agreement.

"This book is marvelous--it gives an elegant analysis for an amazing range of complicated data in various languages."--Notes on Linguistics "This book is marvelous--it gives an elegant analysis for an amazing range of complicated data in various languages."--Notes on Linguistics

Introductionp. 3
Ellipsis in Government-Binding Theoryp. 7
Strong Agreement, Licensing, and Identificationp. 41
Two Functional Heads in English DPp. 71
Ellipsis in German and French Noun Phrases: The Ellipsis Identification Parameterp. 101
VP Ellipsis in English, French, and German Tensed Clausesp. 141
VP Ellipsis in English Infinitivesp. 165
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780195091816
ISBN-10: 0195091817
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 22nd June 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 14.94  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.46