Missing Objects in Hebrew: Argument Ellipsis, Not VP Ellipsis

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Hebrew is standardly cited as a language exhibiting Verb-stranding VP-ellipsis (VSVPE). Systematic reassessment of the data demonstrates that all the alleged evidence for VSVPE is consistent with Argument Ellipsis (AE); furthermore, there are ample data that are only consistent with AE, and more revealingly, data that can only be explained if VSVPE is unavailable. Finally, the verb preceding the missing object need not match the antecedent verb, falsifying the “Verb Identity Requirement”. The conclusion that Hebrew employs AE (similarly to East Asian languages) but not VSVPE focuses attention both on the typology of AE and on the so-far hidden constraints against VSVPE derivations.

Original languageEnglish GB
Article number76
JournalGlossa: A Journal of General Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 29 Jun 2018


  • Argument ellipsis
  • Hebrew
  • Null objects
  • Verb-stranding
  • VP ellipsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics


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