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On the interaction of P-stranding and Sluicing in Bulgarian

Abels, K; (2017) On the interaction of P-stranding and Sluicing in Bulgarian. In: Mueller-Reichau, O and Guhl, M, (eds.) Aspects of Slavic Linguistics: Formal Grammar, Lexicon and Communication. De Gruyter: Berlin/Munich/Boston. Green open access

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Abstract

The paper shows that the interaction between preposition stranding, case morphology, and sluicing in the Bulgarian of – at least – some speakers strongly supports an account of sluicing under which (a) the intuitively missing part of the question is syntactically represented, (b) the missing part of the sentence is elided under semantic rather than syntactic identity with the antecedent, and (c) the pronounced wh-phrase has to fit in a specific sense discussed in the paper into the antecedent. Assumptions (a) and (b) constitute Merchant’s approach to sluicing. As pointed out by Lasnik, (a) and (b) by themselves do not derive important, well-established, central properties of sluicing. Assumption (c) is intended to fix this gap in Merchant’s account. The conjunction of (a), (b), and (c) makes novel predictions not shared by competing accounts of sluicing like a Lasnik-style syntactic identity account or a Culicover-and-Jackendoff-style account with no syntax at the ellipsis site. The Bulgarian data presented here show that the specific expectations of the present account are borne out, giving it the empirical edge over its competitors.

Type: Book chapter
Title: On the interaction of P-stranding and Sluicing in Bulgarian
ISBN-13: 9783110517873
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/9783110517873-002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110517873-002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions
Keywords: ellipsis, sluicing, case matching, preposition stranding, locality, ellipsis identity, syntax, Bulgarian, English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503752
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