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The Acceptability Cline in VP Ellipsis

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Abstract.  This paper lays the foundations for a processing model of relative acceptability levels in verb phrase ellipsis (VPE). In the proposed model, mismatching VPE examples are grammatical but less acceptable because they violate heuristic parsing strategies. This analysis is presented in a Minimalist Grammar formalism that is compatible with standard parsing techniques. The overall proposal integrates computational assumptions about parsing with a psycholinguistic linking hypothesis. These parts work together with the syntactic analysis to derive novel predictions that are confirmed in a controlled experiment.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Christina S. Kim University of Rochester Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department of Linguistics 503 Lattimore Hall Rochester NY 14627-0096 USA 2: Gregory M. Kobele University of ChicagoComputation Institute and Department of Linguistics 5735 S. Ellis Ave. Chicago IL 60637 USA 3: Jeffrey T. Runner University of Rochester Department of Linguistics 503 Lattimore Hall Rochester NY 14627-0096 USA 4: John T. Hale Cornell University Department of Linguistics Morrill Hall, Room 203 Ithaca NY 14853-4701 USA

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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