Czech Modal Complement Ellipsis from a Comparative Perspective

Abstract : This paper deals with Modal Complement Ellipsis (MCE) in Czech from a comparative perspective. We show that Czech MCE displays a mixed behaviour in comparison with languages like English, Dutch and French. Like English, it allows for various extractions from the ellipsis site and for different subjects in ACD constructions. Like French and Dutch, it does not allow for intervening elements between modal verb and ellipsis site and it requires voice identity of the elided VP and its antecedent. Adopting a deletion approach to analysis, we propose to account for this behaviour by parametrizing the syntactic properties of a presumably universal ellipsis feature [E], initially proposed by Lobeck (1995). In our proposal, the syntax of [E] include the head licensing ellipsis and the ellipsis site. We argue that the type of licensing head (T, V or Mod) and the type of ellipsis site (VP, TP or VoiceP) induce the properties of MCE that we observe at the surface.
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Hana Gruet-Skrabalova. Czech Modal Complement Ellipsis from a Comparative Perspective. Advances in Formal Slavic Linguistics, 2018. ⟨hal-02362446⟩

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