[Ads-l] Doonesbury on participles

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 21 19:10:14 UTC 2015


> On Sep 21, 2015, at 2:57 PM, GUY LETOURNEAU Owner <guy1656 at CENTURYLINK.NET> wrote:
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> Reminds me of how "This sentence no verb" is grammatically acceptable in a number of languages.
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> - GLL

Grammatical, but usually with the meaning "This sentence is no verb", not "This sentence has no verb" (or even "This sentence was no verb", since it's generally present tense copulas that are not explicitly expressed).  Ellipsis of finite verbs and auxiliaries in Headline English is broader.

LH

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