Department of Linguistics
Pragmatic Inference in the Interpretation of Sluiced Prepositional Phrases
- Author(s): Beecher, Henry
- et al.
An in-depth examination of sluiced prepositional phrases reveals sluices for which interpretation is unobtainable by parallelism with an antecedent. To accommodate these, I propose sluices are licensed by serving to question an inferred argument of a semantically compatible and salient antecedent. Both a corpus investigation and a grammaticality survey provide corroboration.