On the restricted interaction of subjects and parasitic gaps
Colin Davis
November 2022
 

The goal of this paper is to clarify the interaction of subjects and parasitic gaps—a multifaceted topic that has mostly been discussed in scattered fashion in previous literature. Here I integrate a variety of facts about parasitic gaps in English, which I argue present a coherent picture: that subjects and parasitic gaps interact productively and straightforwardly, except when independent factors intervene. Specifically, I argue that the correct predictions about the interaction of subjects and parasitic gaps emerge from the hypothesis that movements which are in some sense too short fail (anti-locality). I extend this account to facts about parasitic gaps in PPs.
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keywords: subjects, parasitic gaps, anti-locality, syntax
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