Sluicing, Idioms, and Island repair

Isaac Rottman, Masaya Yoshida

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In this article, we investigate idiom reconstruction in the context of sluicing constructions. We demonstrate that some idioms in English are not compatible with resumptive pronouns. On the basis of this observation, we argue that sluicing involves wh-gap dependencies rather than wh-resumptive pronoun dependencies, and that the island amelioration effect of sluicing does not result primarily from the island amelioration effect of resumptive pronouns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-658
Number of pages8
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Idiom reconstruction
  • Island amelioration
  • Islands
  • Resumptive pronouns
  • Sluicing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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