This paper shows that a VP within a temporal adverbial clause (e.g., after- and while-clauses) cannot be an antecedent of an elided root clause VP. On the basis of this observation, the author claims that operator movement takes place in temporal adverbial clauses and that a variable binding dependency established by this movement is embodied in the LF representation in a way that has a consequence for ellipsis licensing. This claim is reinforced by demonstrating that a VP within temporal adverbial clauses can be an antecedent of an elided VP under circumstances predicted by the proposed analysis; cases in which both the antecedent and the ellipsis clauses involve operator movement, and cases in which neither clause involves operator movement. The paper also investigates antecedent-contained deletion in temporal adverbial clauses, which appears to indicate that there is also a variable binding dependency in clauses that temporal adverbial clauses modify. The author suggests one possible approach to creating the dependency in such clauses.
Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Charles B. Chang and Hannah J. Haynie
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