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date: 19 January 2019

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In order to successfully comprehend sentences involving ellipsis, the online sentence-processing mechanism must be able to identify the ellipsis site, find its antecedent, and recover the content of the ellipsis site by referring to the antecedent. The psycholinguistic study of ellipsis aims to reveal aspects of the mechanism of online sentence processing by studying how ellipsis constructions are processed online. In this chapter, the following questions are asked. What structure does the parser build in the ellipsis site? How does the parser build the structure of ellipsis? When does the parser recognize ellipsis? Where does the parser find the antecedent of ellipsis? By answering these questions, this chapter tries to reveal what parsing strategies are employed in the online processing of ellipsis constructions.

Keywords: sentence processing, parsing strategies, copying, antecedent search, ambiguity resolution

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