Ellipsis occurs when certain portions of a sentence are not spoken - for example 'Mary has read more books than Bill has [read books]' and 'Jack called, but I don't know where [he called] from'. These constructions interest linguists because the meaning of the sentence cannot be traced directly to the words it contains. This volume brings together a team of leading syntacticians to propose new and original solutions to some key questions in the study of ellipsis: What characterizes ellipsis? Under what conditions is it possible? What kinds of meanings are allowed to go unspoken? Drawing on a variety of authentic constructions, they examine ellipsis in the context of a range of syntactic phenomena such as binding, raising, anaphora, movement and scrambling. Making significant progress towards solving some central problems in syntactic theory, this cutting-edge volume will be of key interest to anyone working on theoretical syntax, semantics and psycholinguistics.
1 Introduction, Kyle Johnson; 2. VP Ellipsis and constraints on interpretation, Daniel Hardt; 3. Direct compositionality and variable-free semantics: The case of antecedent contained deletion, Pauline Jacobson; 4. The view of QR from ellipsis, Kyle Johnson; 5. Argument contained ellipsis, Chris Kennedy; 6. Variable island repair under ellipsis, Jason Merchant; 7. On binding scope and ellipsis scope, Winfried Lechner; 8. The silent content of bound variable pronouns, Uli Sauerland; 9. A step-by-step guide to ellipsis resolution, Satoshi Tomioka; 10. Shared constituents and linearization, Chris Wilder.