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Saarland University Computer Science

A compositional account of VP ellipsis

Markus Egg, Katrin E. Erk

8th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, August 2001

We present an approach to VP ellipsis that allows the direct derivation of source and target sentences (the former need not be unique) during semantic construction. Specific syntactic constituent structures are associated with ellipsis potential, which can then be discharged by pro-verbs like 'did (too)'. The determination of source and target sentence, which is done with semantic features in an HPSG framework, is coupled with a comprehensive analysis of ellipsis, which also handles its interaction with scope and anaphora.

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