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English native intuitions about combining `only' with ellipsis

I am interested in the following sentence: Only Bill can fix his car and only Jack cannot where the universe includes Bill, Bill's car, Jack, Jack's car and optionally Jeff and Jeff's car. Also, his ...
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Difficulty differentiating the group expansions from elliptical from using systemic functional grammar

An enthusiast of grammar, specifically Systemic Functional Grammar introduced Halliday. Befuddled about differentiating the difference between an elliptical clause and expansion to phrase/groups. ...
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The acceptability of verbal phrase ellipsis and subject-auxiliary inversion in triple modal sentences

I have been researching on multiple modal constructions, which is a feature used in the Southern United States. Unlike Standard English, this dialect allows more than one modal auxiliary per clause. ...
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Dropping repeating pronoun phenomena

Consider this sentence: "I took the garbage out and read a book "-x this is short form for: "I took the garbage out and I read a book"-y This sentence could naturally appear in a ...
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Simple cases of gapping (verb ellipsis in coordinate structures)

What are some simple cases of V or Verb Phrase gaps? For instance: I love the location and the apartment. Is this considered a gap (missing 'love' in the second conjunct)? If not, why not? What about ...
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Is it possible to pro-drop/null anaphora in Turkish without any reference to the pronoun at all?

My question is inspired from: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/466749/what-do-we-call-the-process-of-dropping-the-subject-at-the-beginning-of-a-senten Person 1 >> "Hey, when are ...
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cohesion- ellipsis

I'm currently analysing some of my old literacy work from primary school (5/6 years old), focussing on cohesion. When looking at ellipsis I find that I cannot place a category on what kind (if at all) ...
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Ellipsis of noun phrase head when modifiers have different parts of speech

These sentences occur in the Mozilla UI strings: EN The sentence has a grammatical or spelling error. DE Der Satz beinhaltet einen grammatikalischen oder Rechtschreibfehler. The ...
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Does high-context manifest in Japanese grammar and syntax?

Supposedly being a high-context culture, do modern Japanese text genres also sport a higher prevalence of ellipsis? Do Japanese texts, by and large, sport more kinds of high-context manifestations ...
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'Ago' and 'on' vs. 'in'

Consider the phrase a month in in the following sentences: [1] a. Richmond turned nineteen his third week in Vietnam. A̲l̲m̲o̲s̲t̲ ̲a̲ ̲m̲o&...
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Ellipsis with a "transferred" word

Noticed a curious usage in the White Stripes song "We're Going to be Friends"; I know I've seen it before but can't think of another example. The line is "Teacher marks our height against the wall." ...
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Is the ellipsis behind 'such as' grammatically correct?

[OED] 7. a. With correlative as pron. (see AS conj. 17), Middle English also as that, taking the place of Old English swelce, swá. such as = Of the kind or degree that; the kind of (person or ...
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The variety of ellipsis in "It better be"

I understand that there is an ellipsis in "It better be", representing "It had better be", but what sort of ellipsis is this? Wiki suggests a number of different examples but none seem to really match ...
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Distinguishing between types of ellipsis where different parts of a sentence remain

How can I distinguish between elipsis type 1, 2 and 3, below? Type 1 and type 2 "nice day" and "sleeping dog" are both NPs. Type 3 "very sexy" in an AdjP. [Have a] nice day! [I see] a sleeping dog. ...
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How is case assigned in elliptical answers?

I am interested in cross-linguistic variation in case assignment to single-NP elliptical answers – for example “What did they see?”; “A goat”. By “case” I mean a distinct form of a word selected to ...
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Is the use of abbreviation and ellipsis as codified as the basic syntax of a language?

I had a style discussion on another SE site. Part of the discussion boiled down to whether the following sentence is appropriate: It was a bird. It had a black head and wings with a golden ...
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What is this trait of answer ellipsis?

I am researching answer fragments. I have come upon some interesting data: What have you been telling John to try to get? a. -- A new bicycle. b. -- *Get a new bicycle. c. -- *To get a new ...
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Ellipsis site in information structure

My understanding was always that any elided material does not count for information structure of the overt sentence, naturally. That is, the material has to be given to be elided --- but it cannot be ...
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small clauses - are they always ellipted/ellided/gapped?

My son Josh and I have come across the terms "gapping" and "ellipsis". Well, I always thought ellipsis was"..." and meant you were reporting information with omissions - but it seems it may also mean ...
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Term for omitted pronouns?

In informal German, e.g. spoken conversation or text chat, it is possible to omit certain personal pronouns and sometimes inflected forms of sein ‘to be’, too (similar to Russian). Ich gehe ...
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Is this a form of ellipsis: If (you are) hungry, you should say so?

I am currently working on the following phenomenon: (1) a. If (you are) hungry, you should say so. b. He touches his nose when (he is) exaggerating. c. Where (it is) cheap, watermelon sells well. ...
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