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By Marjorie J. McShane

ISBN-10: 0195176928

ISBN-13: 9780195176926

This ebook provides a entire thought of ellipsis that helps the formal, cross-lingusitic description of elliptical phenomena. not like prior paintings, this research specializes in the interconnected elements that make sure no matter if ellipsis may still or shouldn't be utilized in a given context.

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Ja ∅ ucil». » (Tokareva: 55). MASC ∅ ACC or not ‘“Go on . . ” . . ” . . ”’ To summarize, discourse orientation is important in this work for the following reasons: 1. Since discourse-oriented languages typologically permit more ellipsis than non-discourse-oriented languages, a non-discourse-oriented GETTING STARTED 19 language like English does not provide many of the types of data required for a cross-linguistic theory of ellipsis. 2. , new or most relevant information in the current utterance).

In discourse-oriented languages, the grammatical structure of any given sentence is significantly influenced by the surrounding discourse. 11 English is not a discourse-oriented 18 A THEORY OF ELLIPSIS language and, as expected, does not employ nearly as many forms of ellipsis as discourse-oriented languages do. Therefore, it would be impossible to create a crosslinguistically useful theory of ellipsis using English as the sole source of phenomena. For this reason, material from discourse-oriented languages is widely used in this book, with Russian and Polish figuring most prominently.

19) a. Slowly and stealthily, he crept towards his victim (Quirk et al. 1972: 550). b. Slowly, stealthily, he crept towards his victim (Quirk et al. 1972: 550). However, the and-insertion test, while a valuable heuristic, is not a litmus test for asyndetic coordination, as shown by (20): the (a) variant is a coordinate structure that blocks ellipsis, while the (b) variant, which lacks a conjunction, permits ellipsis: (20) a. Он больше не катается на велосипеде и, наверно, скоро его продаст. On bol’še ne kataetsja na velosipede i, naverno, skoro ego prodast.

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