This chapter offers a detailed empirical study of English swiping (e.g. What about?) and dialect Dutch spading (e.g. Wie dat? ‘who that’). The basic properties of both constructions are outlined and illustrated with examples. Both of them are shown to occur only with simple wh-phrases, to require stress on the stranded element, and to be restricted to sluicing contexts. Moreover, a swiped preposition is necessarily antecedentless, and spading stems from a cleft and induces a ‘surprise’-reading.
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