In the spring of 1969, Haj Ross presented “Guess who?” at the fifth annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society and published it in the resulting proceedings. The spring of 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the presentation and publication of this landmark paper, which opened the door to a wide range of important discoveries on the interface between phonological, syntactic, and semantic systems of grammar. The construction that Ross named, sluicing, sits at the intersection of two of the most important areas of grammatical theory in the past half-century: the theory of movement, in particular, the locality of unbounded dependencies and islands to movement, and the theory of ellipsis, where there is linguistic meaning without the expected form.

This conference in celebration of this landmark work in linguistic theory, “Sluicing and ellipsis at 50”, will be held at the University of Chicago on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 2019.

Plenary Lecturers:

Invited Speakers:

On this site, you can find information about the conference, view the call for papers, view the conference program, and find local information. Please, register here. An announcement about Sluicing+ conveying a proper subset of this information is also available on LinguistList.

Please email us at sluicing.50@gmail.com with any questions or issues that may arise.

This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, the Office of the Provost, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.