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date: 22 November 2019

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The chapter looks at the main attempts to model two constructions: gapping and stripping. It reviews the ways in which these constructions are similar, exploring the thesis that they both stem from the same underlying process. One of those shared properties is their restriction to coordinations—a restriction that is not found elsewhere in the menagerie of ellipsis constructions. Methods of tying this restriction to the similarly gapping/stripping-specific constraint against embedding the ellipsis or its antecedent are examined. The chapter focuses on the shortcomings of previous attempts to explain these conditions, and their counter-examples, and points to new directions of analysis that seem promising.

Keywords: gapping, stripping, ellipsis, coordination, movement, small conjuncts, large conjuncts

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