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  • Ruth Kempson
  • Ronnie Cann
  • Arash Eshghi
  • Eleni Gregoromichelaki
  • Matthew Purver

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory
EditorsShalom Lappin, Chris Fox
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781118882139
ISBN (Print)9780470670736
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2015


Ellipsis is a phenomenon in which what is conveyed, in some sense to be explained, doesn't need to be fully verbally articulated, as in the second clause. This chapter explains the kind of notion of context that is needed to model the process of ellipsis resolution. It discusses what ellipsis reveals about linguistic content and the nature of natural languages in general. Those studying context-dependence in natural language (NL) do not turn to ellipsis as providing clues for how to formally model context; and, until recently, theoretical linguists have largely ignored the data of conversational dialogue where ellipsis is pervasive. The chapter brings together various sets of data, conforming to the characterization of "lacking" elements of surface structure. It argues that an integrated account of ellipsis is possible with a shift of foundational assumptions to allow the online dynamics of processing to constitute the basis of core grammar.

    Research areas

  • ellipsis, Semantics, Dynamic Syntax

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