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1. Definition

Ellipsis is “a discourse phenomenon, in the sense that the interpretation of the missing constituent sometimes depends on something said in an earlier sentence – possibly even by another speaker” (Sag and Wasaw 1999:313). For example, in (1) the sentential subject of the embedded clause, inni aftaḥ il-bāb ‘that I open the door’, is elided and only the negated predicate remains. The first clause includes an antecedent, which is morphologically, syntactically, and semantically identical t…

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Mustafa Mughazy, “Ellipsis”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0003>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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