Kjell Johan Sæbø: Fresh takes on VP ellipsis

The extent to which a VP ellipsis must copy its antecedent – in particular, whether so-called voice mismatches are possible – has been a topic of debate ​for decades; recent approaches attribute a differential acceptability to information structure (Kertz 2013), processing biases (Frazier 2013, Kim and Runner 2017), or the size of the ellipsis (Sailor 2014). Another controversial issue is what it takes for a language to exhibit VP ellipsis. For example, Mainland Scandinavian is claimed by some to do (so); this is partly a purely empirical question (Sailor 2017) and partly a question about the depth of anaphoricity (Bentzen, Merchant and Svenonius 2013).

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