Short answers in Scottish Gaelic and their theoretical implications

Gary Thoms

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    This article presents an analysis of a novel short answer strategy in Scottish Gaelic, called the Verb-Answer, which differs from standard fragment answers in allowing us to directly observe some of the clausal structure in which it is embedded. It is shown that the Verb-Answer is identical to the fragment answer in virtually all other respects, demanding a unified analysis, and it is demonstrated that pursuing a unified analysis is problematic for Direct Interpretation approaches to short answers, but straightforward for the Silent Structure approach of Morgan (1973) and Merchant (2004). The extended typology of short answer strategies therefore provides an argument in favour of the latter approach to elliptical phenomena.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)351-391
    Number of pages41
    JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


    • Ellipsis
    • Fragment answers
    • Scottish Gaelic
    • Silent structure

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


    Dive into the research topics of 'Short answers in Scottish Gaelic and their theoretical implications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this