Norwegian Discourse Ellipsis

Clausal architecture and licensing conditions

| Norwegian University of Science and Technology
ISBN 9789027200396 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027264374 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book develops a grammar model which accounts for discourse ellipses in spoken Norwegian. This is a previously unexplored area, which has also been sparsely investigated internationally. The model takes an exoskeletal view, where lexical items are inserted late and where syntactic structure is generated independently of lexical items. Two major questions are addressed. Firstly, is there active syntactic structure in the ellipsis site? Secondly, how are discourse ellipses licensed? It is argued that both structural and semantic restrictions are required to account for the empirical patterns.

Discourse ellipses can be seen as a contextual adaptation. Ellipsis is only possible in certain contexts. The existence of ellipsis may lead to the impression that syntax is partly destroyed. However, the analysis shows that narrow syntax is not affected. The underlying structure stays intact, as the licensing restrictions concern only phonological realization. Hence, the grammar of discourse ellipses is best characterized as an interface phenomenon.
[Studies in Germanic Linguistics, 2]  2018.  xii, 245 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Null arguments in generative theory
Chapter 3. Foundations of a grammar model
Chapter 4. A G-SEMANTIC syntax with insertion slots
Chapter 5. Silent structure and feature construal
Chapter 6. Semantic licensing restrictions
Chapter 7. Structural licensing conditions
Chapter 8. Concluding remarks


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