1st Edition

Mind The Gap Ellipsis and Stylistic Variation in Spoken and Written English

By Peter Wilson Copyright 2000
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

     We rarely speak or even write in the complete sentences that are often held to be the ideal form of linguistic communication. Language is, in fact, full of gaps, because speakers and writers operate in contexts which allow bits of language to be understood rather than expressed. This book systematically analyses this inherent gappiness of language, known as ellipsis, and provides an account of the different contexts, both linguistic and situational, which affect its use. Peter Wilson draws on a wide variety of examples of spoken and written English, and both literary and non-literary to present a comprehensive classification of elliptical language that ranges from the conversational fragment and the advertisement to the dialogue of Shakespeare and imagist poetry.  Mind the Gap shows how ellipsis is a feature of major structural and stylistic importance to our understanding of spoken and written language, and will be of interest to undergraduate students of linguistics, literature, communication and the interrelations between them..

    1. What is ellipsis?
    2. What isn't ellipsis
    3. The linguistic context
    4. The situational context
    5. Telegraphic Ellipsis
    6. Coordination Reduction
    7. The rough guide to gaps
    8. Style and stylistics
    9. Speech styles and ellipsis
    10. Sports Commentary
    11. Dramatizing Dialogue
    12. The conative turn
    13. Narrative voices, narrative gaps
    14. Ellipsis and compression in poetry
    15. Conclusion


    Wilson, Peter