Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese: An instance of pseudo-sluicing

Perng Wang Adams and Satoshi Tomioka

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

Sluicing in Mandarin Chinese: An instance of pseudo-sluicing

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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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Subjects: Linguistics

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