Taisuke Nishigauchi: Short Answers as Focus
by Taisuke Nishigauchi
In this article the nature of short answers is examined. On the
analysis of this work, short answers are derived from the result of
focus movement, followed by deletion of everything except the focus.
Various aspects of connectivity associated with short answers are
captured in terms of focus movement. This analysis also shows that
the derivation of short answers involve ellipsis. On the other hand,
not all short answers exhibit properties related with movement and
ellipsis: We show that short answers have another source, which we
will call the bare-copular frame. However, functional answers and
pair-list answers cannot be derived from the latter source and exhibit
connectivity and diagnostics of ellipsis.
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