Ellipsis with a Coordinated Antecedent: An Alternative to V-Stranding VP-Ellipsis

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Abstract

Gribanova (2013b) observes that when the antecedent clause for an object gap in Russian contains a disjunction of ditransitive VPs, the gap is interpreted as if it contained the disjunction, thus favoring a V-stranding VP-ellipsis (VSVPE) analysis over a simple Argument Ellipsis (AE) analysis. We show that VSVPE fails to predict the attested interpretation of the gap when the antecedent VP contains a conjunction. The data are fully explained by combining AE with a pragmatic (scalar) inference triggered in situations of indeterminate ellipsis resolution, leading to multiple “cycles” in the dynamic semantics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalStudia Linguistica
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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