The following is from the Annals of Improbable Research.
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Research on and about pieces that are missing
compiled by Bertha Vanatian, Improbable Research staff
Gaps in The Conversation
"Parasitic Gaps," Elisabet Engdahl, Linguistics and Philosophy, vol. 6, 1983, pp. 5–34. The author, at Goteborg University, Sweden, writes:
In this paper, I will discuss a phenomenon that I will refer to as ‘parasitic gaps'. Tentatively, we can define a parasitic gap as a gap that is dependent on the existence of another gap, which I will henceforth refer to as the ‘real gap', in the same sentence… For perspicuousness, I will, when possible, indicate the parasitic gap by __p.
(1) Which articles did John file __ without reading __p? (2) This is the kind of food you must cook __ before you eat __p.
Gaps in the Kisser
"Social Perceptions of Individuals Missing Upper Front Teeth," Mary S. Willis, Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, and Ryan N. Schacht, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 106, no. 2, April 2008, pp. 423–35. The authors, at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of California Davis, report:
Analysis suggested a person missing visible teeth was more negatively perceived on all social traits than a person with full dentition. Results were strongest when students were proposed to be linked to the edentulous individual in a personal way, i.e., dating or living as neighbor.
Gaps in the Galleries