In this brief study the author reconsiders the role that mismatch data have played in the development of theories of verb phrase ellipsis. The author presents experimental results addressing the following questions: Under what circumstances are voice-mismatched ellipses judged acceptable, unacceptable, or something in between? Does the penalty associated with voice-mismatch stem from a lack of syntactic identity or from some other source? And finally, are the degradation effects of voice mismatch limited to ellipsis contexts? The results support a novel claim that information structure plays a role in determining acceptability and that information structural effects are not unique to ellipsis.
Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Natasha Abner and Jason Bishop
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