Focus constraints on ellipsis – An unalternatives account


  • Muriel Assmann
  • Daniel Büring
  • Izabela Jordanoska
  • Max Prüller


This paper presents a new account of the generalization that focused elements cannot be elided, framed within Unalternative Semantics, a framework that does away with syntactic F-marking. We propose the mirror image of the generalization: what is elided cannot introduce alternatives. We implement this as a focus restriction in UAS and then go on to show how to account for MAXELIDE effects using the same technique, without making reference to any transderivational constraints.




How to Cite

Assmann, M., Büring, D., Jordanoska, I., & Prüller, M. (2019). Focus constraints on ellipsis – An unalternatives account. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(1), 109–126. Retrieved from