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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2016, Vol. 47, No. 2, Pages 306-332
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00212)
© 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ellipsis, Economy, and the (Non)uniformity of Traces
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A number of works have attempted to account for the interaction between movement and ellipsis in terms of an economy condition MaxElide. We show that the elimination of MaxElide leads to an empirically superior account of these interactions. We show that a number of the core effects attributed to MaxElide can be accounted for with a parallelism condition on ellipsis. The remaining cases are then treated with a generalized economy condition that favors shorter derivations over longer ones. The resulting analysis has no need for the ellipsis-specific economy constraint MaxElide.