The Domain of Formal Matching in Sluicing

Pranav Anand, Daniel Hardt, James McCloskey

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This article is concerned with the role of syntax in the licensing of sluicing in English. It amends and provides new support for a proposal made by Rudin (2019) in which syntax plays a crucial but circumscribed role: crucial in that antecedents are required; circumscribed in that matching with an antecedent holds only with respect to a proper subpart of the elided clause—its argumental core.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2023

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: July 14 2023.


  • Ellipsis
  • Sluicing
  • Antecedents
  • Matching
  • Argument domain
  • First phase

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