Sluicing with LF Pied-Piping

by Taisuke Nishigauchi


This note discusses the cases of what has been termed Sluicing in the literature involving complex NPs containing a wh-phrase, or an indefinite NP which purports to serve as the inner antecedent for the wh-phrase left behind in a sluiced clause.

The observation is that an indefinite NP contained in a complex NP is unable to serve as the inner antecedent for the wh-phrase in a sluiced clause. This is shown to be a case of the Roofing effect, which states that an indefinite NP whose scope is `roofed' by another operator taking wide scope is unable to serve as the inner antecedent for a wh-phrase in a sluiced clause. On the other hand, a complex NP containing a wh-phrase is able to be left behind in a sluiced clause, which is another case indicating that a complex NP containing a wh-phrase behaves the same way as a regular simple wh-phrase.


 
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