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Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives$
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Jason Merchant and Andrew Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645763.001.0001

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Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese: An instance of pseudo-sluicing

Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese: An instance of pseudo-sluicing

(p.219) 10 Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese: An instance of pseudo-sluicing
Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Perng Wang Adams

Satoshi Tomioka

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates apparent cases of sluicing in Mandarin Chinese, arguing for a non-deletion analysis of this construction, called the “pseudo-sluicing” analysis in Merchant (1998), in which the missing material is represented as a phonologically silent pronoun. Following the insights of Adams (2004) and Wei (2004), who originally proposed analyses of this type, it is shown that the pseudo-sluicing analysis can account for a variety of puzzling properties of Chinese Sluicing, such as the presence of the copula verb shi, the required presence of an overt antecedent for an argument wh-remnant, the disappearance of Left Branch Condition effects, and the limited distribution of sloppy readings. The chapter also re-examines some of the apparent counterexamples to the pseudo-sluicing account, and concludes that they present no real threat to the validity of the proposal.

Keywords:   sluicing, pseudo-sluicing, Chinese, pro

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