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The Elliptical Noun Phrase in English

Structure and Use, 1st Edition

By Christine Günther


152 pages

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This book presents a detailed analysis of structural as well as pragmatic aspects underlying the phenomenon of noun ellipsis in English. Here Günther examines the structure of elliptical noun phrases to account for the conditions on noun ellipsis and those on one-insertion, with special emphasis on the (oft-neglected) parallels between the two. She also examines the use of noun ellipsis with adjectives in order to shed light on this under-researched phenomenon, drawing on data from the British National Corpus.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Licensors of Empty Nouns in English: Setting the Scene 3. Inflection, Focus and Partitivity: Previous Accounts of Noun Ellipsis 4. Conditions on Noun Ellipsis in English 5. Adjectival Modifiers in Elliptical Noun Phrases 6. Summary

About the Author/Editors

Christine Günther is Research Associate at the Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

The Germanic languages are among the best described in the world and exhibit a considerable degree of variation. Yet, with the exception of English, their properties and structural variance have yet to be fully exploited for linguistic theory. The purpose of this series is to promote more intense interaction of general linguistics with the field of Germanic linguistics as a whole.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics