Dennis Ott

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While the left clausal periphery has been in the center of attention of syntactic theory since the 1970s, the right periphery remains comparatively ill-understood. The goal of this paper is to rectify this situation. We argue that Germanic right-dislocation constructions are composed of two juxtaposed clauses, the dislocated peripheral XP being a remnant of(More)
As we will show, this analysis relies exclusively on independently motivated mechanisms and derives the core properties of the construction in a principled fashion. Most of our examples will be from German, as this language shows surfacemorphological distinctions that prove useful in probing unpronounced structure. We distinguish two types of RD. The first(More)
In this paper, I argue that the Germanic construction traditionally labeled Contrastive Leftdislocation1 (CLD) reduces to an interplay of movement and ellipsis in an underlyingly biclausal structure. The resulting analysis relies exclusively on independently motivated grammatical operations (A-movement in syntax and clausal ellipsis/deaccenting at PF),(More)
ly speaking, RD constructions of this type conform to the following general schema, where ‘dXP’designates the dislocated phrase, which is coreferent with a correlate (ze in (1), iets moois in (2)) in the host clause: (3) [CP ... correlatei ... ] dXPi In the backgrounding variety of RD, the right-peripheral dXP expresses discourseold or otherwise salient(More)
This paper reports on the application of full-body radiography to nontraumatic emergency situations. The Lodox Statscan is an X-ray machine capable of imaging the entire body in 13 seconds using linear slit scanning radiography (LSSR). Nontraumatic emergency applications in ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt visualisation, emergency room arteriography (ERA),(More)
We compare two views of ellipsis and its place in grammar. One view holds that ellipsis is a form of prosodic reduction (optional omission of deaccented material). An alternative and currently dominant view holds that ellipsis is more syntactic than this, requiring remnants of deletion to undergo extraction to a clause-peripheral position in narrow syntax.(More)
What we find in each case is that more is understood than what is explicitly uttered: the elliptical parts of the expressions are ‘heard’ by themind, but not by the ear. Theamount of omittedmaterial can range fromasingle verb (as in (1a), known as Gapping) to missing NPs (1b) and VPs (1c), to an entire clause (as in Sluicing and fragment answers (1d,e)).(More)
For example, so called WH-copying in German (3), quantifier float in West Ulster English (4), intermediate Binding options in English (5), as well as complementizer alternations in Irish (6) that arise along with an Ā-dependency have consolidated the view for an underlying syntax as in (1); all of them would appear rather puzzling when one assumes a syntax(More)