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.
Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-471-3 library binding
vii + 598 pages
publication date: 2017
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA