The Korean Association for the Study of English Language and Linguistics
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Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 19, No. 2, pp.194-210
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 30 Jun 2019
Received 10 May 2019 Revised 09 Jun 2019 Accepted 16 Jun 2019

Ellipsis and Replacement in Categorial Mismatch

Park, Myung-Kwan ; Choi, Sunjoo**
Professor, Department of English Dongguk University 30, 1-gil, Phil-dong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04620
**Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English Dongguk University 30, 1-gil, Phil-dong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04620

** Park, Myung-Kwan is the first author, and Choi, Sunjoo is a Ph.D. candidate in English Linguistics.


Park, Myung-Kwan and Sunjoo Choi. 2019. Ellipsis and replacement in categorial mismatch. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 19-2, 194-210. This paper investigates VP/NP Ellipsis/Replacement, concentrating on causative-inchoative alternation and categorial conversion contexts in English. In the former context, VP Ellipsis/Replacement can successfully apply to the VP headed by an inchoative in relation with a causative antecedent, and in fact it can only when the internal argument of the causative verb is identical in reference to that of the inchoative verb. It will be shown that the causativizing morpheme CAUSE as part of the decomposed structure of the causative verb blocks a bundling of the extended verbal projections, which invites a violation of identity in ellipsis and replacement. In the latter context, VP Ellipsis/Replacement and NP Ellipsis are allowed, but NP Replacement is not. The anaphoric one/ones is not permitted when it prevents a bundling of the extended nominal projections, thus failing to secure a right category for identity in replacement.


ellipsis, replacement, causative-inchoative alternation, categorial conversion, bundling, CAUSE, anaphoric one


We are grateful to the three anonymous reviewers of this journal for their helpful comments and suggestions. All the remaining errors are, of course, ours.


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