This chapter contains a detailed empirical study of Short Do Replies. The construction is first compared to English VP-ellipsis and then to Dutch periphrastic constructions with doen ‘do’ and an overt demonstrative proform. In both cases the differences are substantial. Unlike VP-ellipsis, Short Do Replies are shown to contain a null, structureless proform, and unlike periphrastic constructions, this proform pronominalizes a larger part of the clausal structure than merely VP. The appendix to this chapter examines in detail the interaction between Short Do Replies on the one hand and ja ‘yes’ and other discourse particles on the other.
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