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Colloquium: Jason Merchant (UCHI) - Stochastic resolution of ellipsis: Why the holy grail of a grand unified theory will never be found

When: Friday, May 11, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Central

Where: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Talant Abdykairov  

Group: Linguistics Department

Category: Academic


As the influential work of Masaya Yoshida and others has pointed out, many
different beasts have been called elliptical: sluicing, VP-ellipsis, fragment answers,
short directives, and even bare exophoric fragments, among others. I argue that
while all of these can give rise to determinate propositional contents, these contents
are not all generated by the same mechanisms. Instead, there is a stochastic ranked
decision tree for resolving a putative ellipsis E.

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