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Turkish Sluicing or Stripping? Why Not Both?
Leyla Zidani-Eroğlu
350-355 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Two analyses have been put forth for sluice-like constructions (SLCs) in Turkish: (i) Hankamer (2012) argues that a genuine sluice analysis as in Ross 1969 and Merchant 2001 is not possible for such structures in a wh-in-situ language such as Turkish, and claims that these SLCs are the result of stripping involving two independent clauses; (ii) Ince (2006, 2012) argues that SLCs in Turkish involve the dislocation of a wh-phrase out of an embedded clause via focus movement followed by deletion of that embedded TP/IP. We show that both the independent clause claim per the stripping account (Hankamer 2012) and the embedded clause claim per the 'sluicing' account (Ince 2006, 2012) are possible for SLCs in Turkish. To support such ambiguity underlying the source of SLCs in Turkish, we provide three empirical arguments: (a) distribution of the matrix question particle ki, (b) backward anaphora involving SLCs, and (c) modification by negative polarity adverbs such as hala 'still,' asla 'never'.

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Proceedings of the 36th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Richard Stockwell, Maura O'Leary, Zhongshi Xu, and Z.L. Zhou
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