Parenthesis: syntactic integration or orphanage? A rejoinder to Ott 2016

James Griffiths, Mark Vries, de*

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    In Griffiths and De Vries 2013 (G&dV), we offer an argument in favor of treating appositive relative clauses (ARCs) as syntactically integrated into their hosts, an argument that revolves around the distribution of ARCs in clausal ellipsis environments. In a reply, Ott (2016) counters this specific argument, rejects the more general integration analysis adopted in G&dV on conceptual grounds, and contends that an orphanage analysis of ARCs provides a more parsimonious explanation for the data introduced there. In this rejoinder, we demonstrate that, while Ott presents some relevant data and provides welcome discussion, his specific counterargument does not withstand scrutiny. We also defend the integration approach to ARCs on conceptual and empirical grounds and examine the orphanage analysis of ARCs, arguing that such an approach has conceptual and empirical inadequacies that no integration approach exhibits.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)609-629
    Aantal pagina's21
    TijdschriftLinguistic Inquiry
    Nummer van het tijdschrift3
    StatusPublished - 2-jul.-2019

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