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Author Gergel, Remus, 1974-

Title Modality and ellipsis : diachronic and synchronic evidence / by Remus Gergel
Published Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 259 pages) : illustrations
Series Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs, 1861-4302 ; 202
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs ; 202
Contents Preface -- List of abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Modals and ellipsis in the architecture of grammar -- 3. Towards an account of VP ellipsis -- 4. Modals and ellipsis in diachronic change -- 5. Modals and ellipsis in synchrony -- 6. Conclusion -- References -- Index
Summary Aspects of modality and ellipsis have become prominent in theoretical linguistics over the last years. What has remained under-investigated is the fact that modals tend to make excellent ellipsis licensers and, conversely, that many of the naturally occurring cases of ellipsis are licensed by modals. The book concentrates on the syntax of the modal auxiliaries with special focus on English and investigates the grammatical relationship with the process of ellipsis that interacts most relevantly with the modals in grammaticalized fashion by including a special emphasis on verb-phrase ellipsis. Af
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-256) and index
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Subject English language -- Ellipsis.
English language -- Modality.
English language -- Syntax.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Ellipsis.
Modality (Linguistics)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008050007
ISBN 1282425897
3110213362 (electronic bk.)
9783110213362 (electronic bk.)