Ellipsis, economy, and the (non)uniformity of traces

Troy Messick, Gary Thoms

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    A number of works have attempted to account for the interaction between movement and ellipsis in terms of an economy condition Max- Elide. We show that the elimination of MaxElide leads to an empirically superior account of these interactions. We show that a number of the core effects attributed to MaxElide can be accounted for with a parallelism condition on ellipsis. The remaining cases are then treated with a generalized economy condition that favors shorter derivations over longer ones. The resulting analysis has no need for the ellipsisspecific economy constraint MaxElide.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)306-332
    Number of pages27
    JournalLinguistic Inquiry
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


    • Economy
    • Ellipsis
    • MaxElide
    • Movement
    • Parallelism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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