Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 1439–1471 | Cite as

Parasitic Gaps licensed by elided syntactic structure

Article

Abstract

This study provides an argument for syntactic approaches to sluicing. We base our study on the novel observation that Parasitic Gaps (PG) are licensed in sluicing contexts. We show that, in order for PGs to be licensed in sluicing contexts, overt wh-movement must occur, leaving a real gap in the ellipsis site. Therefore, the ellipsis site has the full-fledged syntactic structure that licenses PGs.

Keywords

Sluicing Parasitic Gaps PF-deletion LF-copying 

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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of LinguisticsUniversity of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMinneapolisUSA

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