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The Syntax of EllipsisEvidence from Dutch Dialects$
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Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375640.001.0001

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The Syntax of Ellipsis

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains a detailed empirical study of Short Do Replies. The construction is first compared to English VP-ellipsis and then to Dutch periphrastic constructions with doen ‘do’ and an overt demonstrative proform. In both cases the differences are substantial. Unlike VP-ellipsis, Short Do Replies are shown to contain a null, structureless proform, and unlike periphrastic constructions, this proform pronominalizes a larger part of the clausal structure than merely VP. The appendix to this chapter examines in detail the interaction between Short Do Replies on the one hand and ja ‘yes’ and other discourse particles on the other.

Keywords:   Short Do Replies, VP-ellipsis, periphrastic constructions, null proform, discourse particles

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