Sluicing in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Paperback | June 3, 2012

EditorJason Merchant, Andrew Simpson

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This book considers the phenomenon of sluicing. Sluicing is the term applied to sentences in which the ellipsis of a sequence of words following an embedded wh question word appears to occur, and hearers must somehow recover the content of missing material (as in Someone saw her, but I don'tknow who _.). Elliptical constructions of this type are now known to occur widely in the world's languages in some form or another, and create interesting problems for linguistic analysis, involving complex interactions between syntax, semantics and morphology, as well as prosody. The present volume brings together new research by leading experts who analyse sluicing constructions in English, Dutch, Frisian, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Turkish, Malagasy, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Bengali. The book expands our current understanding of the ways in which languages allow forellipsis of the sluicing type to occur, and shows how sluicing constructions reveal important information about the general architecture of grammar. In addition to the nine chapters dedicated to specific languages, the volume features an introductory chapter and Haj Ross's original (1969) landmarkpaper on sluicing.

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This book considers the phenomenon of sluicing. Sluicing is the term applied to sentences in which the ellipsis of a sequence of words following an embedded wh question word appears to occur, and hearers must somehow recover the content of missing material (as in Someone saw her, but I don'tknow who _.). Elliptical constructions of thi...

Jason Merchant is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively on ellipsis, including on sluicing, swiping, fragment answers, verb phrase ellipsis, antecedent-contained ellipsis, comparative ellipsis, and nominal ellipsis. His other interests are in case, split ergativity, locality, islands, agreeme...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199645779

ISBN - 13:9780199645770

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Table of Contents

1. Jason Merchant and Andrew Simpson: Introduction2. John R. Ross: Guess Who?3. Jeroen van Craenenbroeck: How do You Sluice When There is More Than One CP?4. Sandra Stjepanovic: Two Cases of Violation Repair Under Sluicing5. Frederick Hoyt and Alexandra Teodorescu: How Many Kinds of Sluicing and Why? Single and Multiple Sluicing in Romanian, English, and Japanese6. Masanori Nakamura: Case Morphology and Island Repair7. Teruhiko Fukaya: Island Insensitivity in Japanese and Some Implications8. Ileana Paul and Eric Potsdam: Sluicing Without wh-movement in Malagasy9. Tanmoy Bhattacharya and Andrew Simpson: Sluicing in Indo-Aryan: An investigation of Bangla and Hindi10. Perng Wang Adams and Satoshi Tomioka: Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese: An instance of pseudo-sluicing11. Atakan Ince: Sluicing in Turkish