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Ellipsis or Pro-Form: Reconstruction Effects of Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese
Wei Song and Masaya Yoshida
481-489 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper argues that sluicing in Mandarin Chinese involves clausal ellipsis rather than a small pro and the ellipsis site is associated with full-fledged syntactic structure. Evidence for this analysis comes from observations that sluicing in Mandarin Chinese shows reconstruction effects, which are captured by the movement-and-ellipsis approach, but not readily captured by the empty pronominal approach under which the empty pronominal can be spelled out as the demonstrative na 'that' or considered an E-type pronoun.

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Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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