Ellipsis: licensing, structure and identity

Evelyn Gandón-Chapela 1  and Javier Pérez-Guerra 1
  • 1 English Department, University of Vigo, FFT. Campus Universitario, Vigo, Pontevedra E-36310, Spain
Evelyn Gandón-Chapela and Javier Pérez-Guerra


Following an introduction to ellipsis and its consequences both for communication and for the theory of grammar, this paper addresses a number of issues which have been debated in the linguistic literature on ellipsis, namely structure, identity and licensing. This study brings to the readers’ attention the effects which such conditions have for the study of ellipsis in different languages as well as their constraints within the generative framework. As case studies on the conditions and the characterisation of the linguistic strategy under scrutiny, this paper also summarises the main approaches to ellipsis in the studies embodied in this special issue.

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