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Pragmatic Inference in the Interpretation of Sluiced Prepositional Phrases

  • Author(s): Beecher, Henry
  • et al.
Abstract

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.

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