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Foundational Issues in Linguistic TheoryEssays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud$
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Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero, and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062787

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.001.0001

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Ellipsis and Missing Objects

Ellipsis and Missing Objects

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(p.251) 10 Ellipsis and Missing Objects
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Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory
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Joseph Aoun

Yen-hui Audrey Li

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.003.0011

Ellipsis phenomena in natural language involve instances of meaning without sound as they do, and their interpretation requires the presence of some covert structure. The central issue for a theory of ellipsis is to determine how this structure is constructed. Within generative grammar, two competing theories have been proposed: a PF deletion approach and an interpretive approach. In the former, the ellipsis results from the deletion of a fully specified construct in forming PF, whereas in the latter, the ellipsis site contains a lexically empty categorial structure whose interpretation is derived from a corresponding structure containing lexical material. Drawing on data from Mandarin Chinese, this chapter argues in favor of the interpretive approach. It considers two types of elliptical constructions in Chinese: the Aux-construction, in which ellipsis arises after an auxiliary in the second conjunct, and the V-construction, in which ellipsis involves a missing object.

Keywords:   ellipsis, natural language, generative grammar, missing object, Mandarin Chinese, Aux-construction, V-construction, PF deletion approach, interpretive approach

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