This book presents a detailed analysis of structural as well as pragmatic aspects underlying the phenomenon of noun ellipsis in English. Here Günther examines the structure of elliptical noun phrases to account for the conditions on noun ellipsis and those on one-insertion, with special emphasis on the (oft-neglected) parallels between the two. She also examines the use of noun ellipsis with adjectives in order to shed light on this under-researched phenomenon, drawing on data from the British National Corpus.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Licensors of Empty Nouns in English: Setting the Scene 3. Inflection, Focus and Partitivity: Previous Accounts of Noun Ellipsis 4. Conditions on Noun Ellipsis in English 5. Adjectival Modifiers in Elliptical Noun Phrases 6. Summary
Christine Günther is Research Associate at the Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Germany.