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Lower ellipses - gapping, VP and null objects: a look into their licensing conditions

Grant number: 13/12173-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): October 15, 2013
Effective date (End): February 14, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Ruth Elisabeth Vasconcellos Lopes
Grantee:Ruth Elisabeth Vasconcellos Lopes
Host: Jason Merchant
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Chicago, United States  


Our aim is to examine the syntactic licensing conditions of "low" ellipses in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). We take "low" ellipses here as cases involving the deletion of some vP-VP material. We also intend to examine what features license "low" ellipses in some languages, while banning them in others. That's the case of VP ellipsis in Portuguese as compared to other Romance languages. We will treat here anaphoric null objects in BP as cases of ellipsis as well, following Cyrino (1997), assuming Cyrino & Lopes (2013) analysis as cases of DP ellipsis, although quite comparable to the VP ellipsis ones. Still following Cyrino & Lopes (2013), we will propose that the "low" ellipses in BP are licensed by ASP which bares an uninterpretable E(llipsis)-feature, as proposed by Merchant (2001). (AU)

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