Against Evacuation Movement in NP-Ellipsis
Johanna Benz, Gesoel Mendes, Martin Salzmann
September 2023

In this paper, we provide evidence from NP-ellipsis and its remnants against the popular mechanism of evacuation movement, arguing that the mechanism wrongly predicts freezing effects for subextraction from PP-remnants in English, as well as being incompatible with genitive remnants of NP-ellipsis in German, which cannot undergo the movement required to escape ellipsis. We argue for an alternative analysis following a separate research tradition, according to which constituents can survive ellipsis without evacuation movement when they are focused. Modeling ellipsis as an instruction to forgo vocabulary and assuming that this procedure is blocked in focus environments reconciles the availability of certain types of ellipsis remnants with their inability to undergo evacuation movement.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007562
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Published in: Proceedings of the 47th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference
keywords: ellipsis, np-ellipsis, evacuation movement, freezing effects, genitive, german, syntax
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