Two cases of violation repair under sluicing

Sandra Stjepanović

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

Two cases of violation repair under sluicing

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This chapter discusses two cases of violation repair under sluicing in Serbo-Croatian (SC). One case concerns preposition stranding (P-stranding). It is shown that SC allows P-stranding under sluicing, even though it does not allow it under wh-movement without sluicing. SC initially seems to be a counterexample to Merchant’s (2001) generalization that a language which does not normally allow P-stranding should not allow it under sluicing. The chapter shows that the loss of preposition under sluicing in SC is however not conditioned by P-stranding, and so does not instantiate a counter-example to Merchant’s generalization. The chapter also examines the repair of Inverse Case Filter violations in SC, in which numeral NPs with a numeral quantifier assigning a genitive of quantification are acceptable in sluicing constructions, but not in parallel non-sluiced contexts. Such patterns are argued to lead to new conclusions concerning the morphological realization of inherent case at PF.

Keywords: sluicing; Serbo-Croatian; genitive of quantification; inherent case; preposition stranding

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Subjects: Linguistics

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