Ellipsis, economy, and the (non)uniformity of traces

Troy Messick, Gary Thoms

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A number of works have attempted to account for the interaction between movement and ellipsis in terms of an economy condition Max- Elide. We show that the elimination of MaxElide leads to an empirically superior account of these interactions. We show that a number of the core effects attributed to MaxElide can be accounted for with a parallelism condition on ellipsis. The remaining cases are then treated with a generalized economy condition that favors shorter derivations over longer ones. The resulting analysis has no need for the ellipsisspecific economy constraint MaxElide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-332
Number of pages27
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Economy
  • Ellipsis
  • MaxElide
  • Movement
  • Parallelism


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