How do you sluice when there is more than one CP?

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck

in Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645763
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741135 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

How do you sluice when there is more than one CP?

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This chapter explores the interaction between the split-CP hypothesis and the syntax of sluicing. If there is more than one CP-projection, there is potential variation as to which part of the clausal structure is deleted by sluicing. When wh-movement targets a low CP-layer, IP is deleted, but when it targets a high CP-layer, it can be either IP or a low CP-projection that is deleted. The chapter argues for a significant difference between simple and complex wh-phrases, in which the former move from their theta positions through a lower CP-projection (CP2) onto a higher one (CP1), while the latter are directly base-generated in SpecCP1. The chapter then examines the consequences of this proposal for the syntax of sluicing, showing how “swiping” and “spading” constructions in Dutch and Frisian indicate that in sluicing with complex wh-phrases, CP2 is deleted, while in sluicing with simple wh-phrases, IP is deleted.

Keywords: sluicing; swiping; spading; split-CP hypothesis

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Subjects: Linguistics

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