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LINGUIST List 24.3544

Tue Sep 10 2013

Books: Pseudogapping and Ellipsis: Gengel

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 10-Sep-2013
From: Annie Leyman <annie.leymanoup.com>
Subject: Pseudogapping and Ellipsis: Gengel
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Title: Pseudogapping and Ellipsis
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199665310.do

Author: Kirsten Gengel
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199665303 Pages: 208 Price: U.K. £ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199665310 Pages: 208 Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Abstract:

This book is all about ellipsis in natural language - the phenomena in which words and phrases go missing in the linguistic signal, but are nonetheless interpreted by the receiver, eg in the following sentence, the second instance of read is understood whether or not it is spoken Claire read a book and Heather [read] a magazine. Contemporary theoretical linguistics has described several forms of ellipsis in English, and different syntactic mechanisms have been proposed which account for their structures.

Kirsten Gengel investigates pseudogapping, which, she proposes, is one variety of ellipsis. At the heart of her discussion lies the interaction between focus and deletion. Her analysis - which draws on new research in Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, and Dutch, as well as data from Portuguese, French, and English - provides a novel approach to not only this particular form of ellipsis but to the derivation of ellipsis in general, and has the potential of unifying several elliptical phenomena in generative grammar.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Danish (dan)
                            Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            Icelandic (isl)
                            Portuguese (por)

Written In: English (eng)

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