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International Workshop ‘ELLIPSIS2012: crosslinguistic, formal, semantic, discoursive and processing perspectives’

Vigo, 9-10 November 2012

We are pleased to announce the International Workshop ‘ELLIPSIS2012: crosslinguistic, formal, semantic, discoursive and processing perspectives’, to be held at the University of Vigo (Spain) on 9 and 10 November 2012.

Over the past 40 years, ellipsis has centred the attention of many scholars aiming at explaining the mismatch between meaning (the intended message) and sound (what is actually uttered) that ellipsis evinces in natural language communication. By using ellipsis and by relying on the context and on the ability of our interlocutors to decipher what has been omitted, one can avoid redundancy and repetition. The ‘mechanism’ of ellipsis has thus become a central issue of debate for researchers working on semantics, syntax, pragmatics and psycholinguistics.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers who are currently looking at ellipsis from different points of view: formal, semantic, discoursive and processing. The goal would be to discuss what should be explained by a theory of ellipsis in light of the assumptions of specific frameworks. We would like to invite presentations concerned with any topic involving ellipsis, including the following:

- Ellipsis types: Gapping, VP Ellipsis, Sluicing, Stripping, Pseudogapping, British English do, Antecedent-Contained Deletion, Comparative Ellipsis, Swiping, Spading, NP ellipsis

- Natural Language Processing of ellipsis

- Functions of ellipsis in discourse

- The structural representation of ellipsis types and their constituents

- The exploration of the implications of particular theoretical frameworks for the structure of elided elements.


Invited speakers:

- Lobke Aelbrecht (University of Ghent)

- Gerard Kempen (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Leiden University)

- Jason Merchant (University of Chicago)

- Maribel Romero (University of Konstanz)