Patrick D. Elliott

Ellipsis, Binding, and Logical Form

6-10 August 2018


In this seminar, we delve into the semantics of elliptical constructions, by focusing on the interaction between ellipsis and binding – a topic that has been the focus of intensive research since Sag’s (1976) pioneering dissertation. In the first part of the class, we will introduce a number of classical ellipsis/binding puzzles, and the debate surrounding their analysis: the strict/sloppy ambiguity, MaxElide, and Dahl’s puzzle. In the second part of the class, we will briefly introduce dynamic semantics, and argue that static conceptions of binding are insufficient for analysing certain interactions between binding and ellipsis. Ultimately, we will suggest that once one shifts to a dynamic perspective, ellipsis can itself be analysed as a kind of binding.


  • 06.8: The semantics of binding and sloppy identity
  • 07.8: Alternative semantics and Rooth’s parallelism condition
  • 08.8: MaxElide
  • 09.8: Beyond strict vs. sloppy: the sticky reading
  • 10.8: Ellipsis identity and dynamic semantics


All handouts and readings can be found here.