This paper argues that pronouns spell out DP copies in the context of multiple copy spell-out. A novel pattern of pronoun copying is presented from the Nilotic language Dinka, in which plural nominals are doubled by 3rd person plural pronouns at every vP edge on the path of movement. Not only does this provide evidence for the notion of successive-cyclic movement to the edge of vP (Chomsky 1986 et seq.), the asymmetries and gaps found in this copying pattern are used to motivate a partial spell-out model of pronoun copying. In particular, the paper proposes that NP deletion in the sense of Elbourne (2001) is obligatory for DP copies in the context of multiple copy spell-out. As a result of this, lexical DPs always copy as pronouns. This is applied to a wide range of pronoun copying constructions, including resumption, clitic doubling, subject doubling, and wh-copying.
Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Kyeong-min Kim, Pocholo Umbal, Trevor Block, Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Kelli Finney, Mara Katz, Sophie Nickel-Thompson, and Lisa Shorten Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-469-0 library binding
viii + 426 pages
publication date: 2016
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA