Chapter published in:Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXXII: Papers selected from the Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, Tempe, Arizona, 2018
Edited by Elly van Gelderen
[Studies in Arabic Linguistics 9] 2020
► pp. 135–152
Sluicing and sprouting in Jordanian Arabic
This paper investigates elliptical constructions sluicing and sprouting in Jordanian Arabic (JA), and describes the structure of the sluice clause, which depends on the type of wh-expressions on the one hand, and whether the preposition at the sluice is pied-piped on the other hand. The central research question is how such constructions are derived: via ordinary sluicing or via pseudosluicing. Cases where a preposition is pied-piped with the wh-word in the remnant require an ordinary sluicing analysis; pied-piped PPs are not otherwise found in wh-clefts in JA. However, in cases where a preposition is not pied-piped, the only possible underlying derivation is pseudosluicing, with a wh-cleft structure. I also discuss sprouting, in which the wh-word has no corresponding overt correlate in the antecedent clause.
Keywords: sluicing, pseudo-sluicing sprouting, preposition stranding generalization, Jordanian Arabic
Published online: 28 August 2020
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