Ellipsis and Response Systems: A Usage and Experimental-based approach (4/4)

Monday 03 July 2023, 14:00 to 16:00
Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee University, invité Labex EFL)
Anne Abeillé (LLF)

LLF – Bât. ODG

Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee University, invité Labex EFL)
Responses with correction: A direct interpretation

Fragment answers have received much attention as a type of elliptical constructions and have often been taken as involving move-cum-deletion processes from a sentential source. This sentential approach is challenged by the fragment answer followed by correction (e.g., A: Where are you running to? B: To school, but I am not running.) since the putative sentential source of the PP fragment would contradict with the statement of correction following this source (Lipt ́ak 2020). This lecture reviews three possible directions to account for such a form-function mismatch phenomenon: cleft source, lexical accommodation, and mixed quotation-based analyses. All of these directions encounter not only empirical but also analytic difficulties. The lecture suggests that a more robust direction is a direct interpretation approach that involves neither mixed quotation nor hidden clausal structure. It argues that once we have structured and enriched discourse, interlocutors can accommodate the context accordingly, yielding proper semantic resolutions (Ginzburg 2012).