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Ellipsis in Farsi Complex Predicates

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Abstract. 

In this paper, I introduce a novel ellipsis construction from Farsi, v-stranding VPE, in which part of a complex predicate goes missing, leaving behind the light verb. Under an analysis of complex predicates where the light verb is the overt realization of v, this type of ellipsis can be construed as deletion of the complement of v. I give evidence that this phenomenon patterns with English verb phrase ellipsis (VPE) in a number of important respects. The same licensing conditions that must be satisfied in English VPE, including an inflectional checking requirement and an antecedence condition, must also be satisfied in Farsi v-stranding VPE.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of California, BerkeleyDepartment of Linguistics1203 Dwinelle HallBerkeley, CA 94720USA, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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