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date: 20 January 2019

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This chapter introduces the general topic of the handbook: the linguistic study of elliptical phenomena in natural language. In addition, it outlines the general structure of the handbook, with a subdivision into four parts (the theory of ellipsis; ellipsis as a diagnostic tool; the taxonomy of elliptical constructions; case studies exploring the elliptical inventory of a single language), and explains the philosophy behind and rationale for this structure. Finally, the chapter also highlights (a selection of) the main results and generalizations that emerge from contributions to the handbook, and briefly reflects on the future of linguistic research into ellipsis.

Keywords: ellipsis, structure, recoverability, licensing, ellipsis as a diagnostic, elliptical constructions, cross-linguistic variation

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