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On the Syntax of Why-Stripping
Chizuru Nakao, Masaya Yoshida, and Ivan Ortega-Santos
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This paper examines properties of an elliptical construction called Why-Stripping (e.g. "John ate natto." "Why NATTO?"), and claims that it involves clausal ellipsis in the same way as Sluicing and Stripping. The remnant (e.g. NATTO in "Why NATTO?") in Why-Stripping undergoes focus movement induced by why, while why in Why-Stripping is base-generated in [Spec, ForceP], unlike why in regular wh-questions. In languages like English and Mexican Spanish, focus movement is overtly manifested only in ellipsis constructions such as Why-Stripping. It is suggested that this overt manifestation of focus movement under ellipsis is due to the recoverability condition on ellipsis.

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Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett
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