Norwegian Discourse Ellipsis

Clausal architecture and licensing conditions

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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.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
List of abbreviations
xi
Chapter 1. Introduction
2–26
Chapter 2. Null arguments in generative theory
28–49
Chapter 3. Foundations of a grammar model
52–73
Chapter 4. A G-SEMANTIC syntax with insertion slots
76–106
Chapter 5. Silent structure and feature construal
108–135
Chapter 6. Semantic licensing restrictions
138–164
Chapter 7. Structural licensing conditions
166–208
Chapter 8. Concluding remarks
210–215
References
217–230
Appendix
231–243
Index
245
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