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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 Indo-Aryan: An investigation of Bangla and Hindi

Sluicing in Indo-Aryan: An investigation of Bangla and Hindi

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Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Andrew Simpson

Oxford University Press

This chapter establishes a profile of sluicing constructions in two widely-spoken Indo-Aryan languages of South Asia: Bangla and Hindi. Although traditionally described as being wh-in-situ languages, both Bangla and Hindi have a distribution of wh-elements that suggests that they are actually languages with overt wh-movement (Simpson and Bhattacharya 2003) and so might be expected to permit sluicing formed by wh-movement and PF clausal deletion, as hypothesized for languages such as English. The chapter attempts to determine the degree to which sluicing in Bangla/Hindi may parallel or differ from the production of sluicing in English-type languages, and also how it may relate to sluicing patterns in typologically closer Japanese, where sluicing is often assumed to have a rather different syntactic derivation from that in English. The chapter also investigates the potential effect of movement-associated constraints on sluicing in Bangla/Hindi, in particular Superiority, Subjacency, and the CED.

Keywords:   sluicing, Bangla, Hindi, Superiority, islands

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