A Scope Argument against T-to-C Movement in Sluicing

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Abstract

Most accounts of sluicing assume it is derived by TP deletion at PF; however, C′ deletion is a viable option, which is even better equipped to explain the Sluicing–Comp Generalization. Nonetheless, this article shows that C′ deletion must be rejected, because it predicts scope enhancement for modals that raise to C in sluicing when in fact they take scope in T or below it. An implication is that some independent principle must block T-to-C movement under sluicing. The results further confirm that head movement must be a syntactic operation insofar as it affects semantic interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-393
Number of pages19
JournalSyntax
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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