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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2013, Vol. 44, No. 4, Pages 651-668
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00142)
© 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sluicing, Idioms, and Island Repair
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Abstract

In this article, we investigate idiom reconstruction in the context of sluicing constructions. We demonstrate that some idioms in English are not compatible with resumptive pronouns. On the basis of this observation, we argue that sluicing involves wh-gap dependencies rather than wh-resumptive pronoun dependencies, and that the island amelioration effect of sluicing does not result primarily from the island amelioration effect of resumptive pronouns.