The paper discusses an underexplored ellipsis process: optional ellipsis of complements of functional prepositions in the second conjunct in Russian. Based on evidence concerning cases where ellipsis of the complement of bez 'without' follows a contrastive topic argument, the paper argues that this ellipsis is parasitic on clausemate vP ellipsis. It offers a novel account of this process in the general framework of Merchant (2001, 2004). At the core of the account is the proposal that the parasitic dependency in question is a dependency between two E-features: the E-feature that is responsible for ellipsis of the complement of bez is itself dependent on the E-feature deleting the vP that contains the PP.
Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
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