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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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Case morphology and island repair ∗

Case morphology and island repair ∗

(p.104) 6 Case morphology and island repair
Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Masanori Nakamura

Oxford University Press

It has been suggested that in certain languages including Japanese (Fukui and Sakai 2003), morphological case is licensed in PF. If case in Japanese is indeed a PF phenomenon, then it is expected to interact with sluicing, regarded as involving PF deletion. Interestingly, this expectation is fulfilled: In Japanese, unlike in English, island violations caused by movement of case-marked NPs apparently cannot be repaired by sluicing (Takahashi 1994), whereas those caused by (argument) PPs can. It is shown that a mechanism of cyclic case-marking in post-Spell-Out Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993), coupled with the assumption that Morphology exhibits an Anti-connectivity Effect is able to capture the patterns observed. The analysis lends additional support both to the deletion theory of sluicing and the assumption of parametric variation between English-type languages, where structural Case checking takes place in syntax, and Japanese-type ones, where morphological case assignment takes place in Morphology.

Keywords:   sluicing, Japanese, case theory, locality

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