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Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Jason Merchant and Andrew Simpson


This book is a multi-authored volume of eleven chapters dedicated to the analysis of sluicing in a range of languages from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Sluicing is the term applied to sentences in which the ellipsis of a sequence of words following an embedded wh question word appears to occur, and hearers must somehow recover the content of missing material, as in English: Someone saw her, but I don’t know who …. Elliptical constructions of this type are now known to occur widely in the world’s languages in some form or another, and create interesting problems for linguistic analysis, involving ... More

Keywords: sluicing, ellipsis, wh-movement, wh-in-situ, case, syntactic islands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Merchant, editor
Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago

Andrew Simpson, editor
East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California