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Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives$
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Jason Merchant and Andrew Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645763.001.0001

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Case morphology and island repair ∗

Case morphology and island repair ∗

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(p.104) 6 Case morphology and island repair
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Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives
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Masanori Nakamura

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645763.003.0006

It has been suggested that in certain languages including Japanese (Fukui and Sakai 2003), morphological case is licensed in PF. If case in Japanese is indeed a PF phenomenon, then it is expected to interact with sluicing, regarded as involving PF deletion. Interestingly, this expectation is fulfilled: In Japanese, unlike in English, island violations caused by movement of case-marked NPs apparently cannot be repaired by sluicing (Takahashi 1994), whereas those caused by (argument) PPs can. It is shown that a mechanism of cyclic case-marking in post-Spell-Out Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993), coupled with the assumption that Morphology exhibits an Anti-connectivity Effect is able to capture the patterns observed. The analysis lends additional support both to the deletion theory of sluicing and the assumption of parametric variation between English-type languages, where structural Case checking takes place in syntax, and Japanese-type ones, where morphological case assignment takes place in Morphology.

Keywords:   sluicing, Japanese, case theory, locality

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