Article published in:Romance Linguistics 2008: Interactions in Romance. Selected papers from the 38th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Urbana-Champaign, April 2008
Edited by Karlos Arregi, Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Silvina Montrul and Annie Tremblay
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 313] 2010
► pp. 157–170
Modal ellipsis in French, Spanish and Italian
Evidence for a TP-deletion analysis
French, Spanish and Italian, reputedly non-VP-ellipsis allowing languages, can display gaps after root modals. I argue that these gaps are instances of ellipsis, viewed as PF-deletion of a constituent. They indeed allow for A’-movement, which an alternative null proform analysis cannot capture. Yet, they differ from English VP-ellipsis, in particular wrt the kind of remnants they allow, their tolerance to voice mismatches, and by displaying a constraint on subjects in Antecedent Contained Deletion. I propose that these differences follow from the status of the modals in these languages and the size of the deleted structure, which is a TP in the three Romance languages vs a VP in English.
Published online: 09 September 2010
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