Parasitic Gaps licensed by elided syntactic structure

Masaya Yoshida*, Tim Hunter, Michael Frazier

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1439-1471
Number of pages33
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 18 2014


  • LF-copying
  • PF-deletion
  • Parasitic Gaps
  • Sluicing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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