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Ellipsis and Gapping
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1. Introduction

The term "gapping" was coined by Robert Ross (1967, 1970). According to Jackendoff (1971), the process of gapping, which differs from elliptical phenomena such as vp-ellipsis, ellipsis in np, and sluicing, has the following properties (cf. Lobeck 1995):

1. a. A gap must be flanked by lexical material;

    b. A gap must occur in a coordinate, but not subordinate clause;

    c. A gap cannot precede …

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Ting-Chi WEI, “Ellipsis and Gapping”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000140>
First published online: 2015

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