Excerpt from Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Vol. 12: Edited by a Committee of the Classical Instructions of Harvard University; 1901; Goodwin Volume
At that time there had been a tendency to explain many construe tions by supposing an ellipsis of some expression whic... h, when the nature of the moods was better known, proved to be unnecessary. Hence arose an Opposing tendency to eschew ellipsis altogether as a means of syntactic explanation. This tendency was assisted by the impossibility of supplying directly in many cases an ellipsis satisfactory In form, and hence it became the prevailing one, and, though otherwise disposed, I joined in this tendency and came to explain constructions without resort to ellipsis. But in the course of my lectures on the sub ject I was later forced to recognize a principle which I jocosely called, in allusion to Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat theory, that is, that an elliptic construction could naturally arise without definite ellipsis, or, in other words, you could have the grin without the cat.
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