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When Ellipsis Can Save Defectiveness and When It Can’t

Mendes, G; Nevins, A; (2023) When Ellipsis Can Save Defectiveness and When It Can’t. Linguistic Inquiry , 54 (1) pp. 182-196. 10.1162/ling_a_00428. Green open access

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Abstract

We discuss cases of salvation and non-salvation by deletion in the domain of lexical gaps, and distinguish two types of defectiveness: (a) defectiveness that can be saved by PF deletion, which we take to signal the lack of an eligible allomorph for certain environments within a language, and (b) defectiveness that cannot be saved by PF deletion, which we take to signal the lack of a proper alloseme for a given environment. With ellipsis modeled as an instruction for nonpronunci-ation on the PF branch of the grammar, only gaps on the Exponent List can be saved by it.

Type: Article
Title: When Ellipsis Can Save Defectiveness and When It Can’t
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1162/ling_a_00428
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00428
Language: English
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Keywords: lexical gaps, ellipsis, salvation by deletion, allomorphy, allosemy, elsewhere items
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164226
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