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Tue Sep 7 2004

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  1. zorex, Ellipsis in Dutch Dialects

Message 1: Ellipsis in Dutch Dialects

Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 03:51:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: zorex <>
Subject: Ellipsis in Dutch Dialects

Institution: Leiden University
Program: Leiden Centre for Linguistics (ULCL)
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2004

Author: Jeroen van Craenenbroeck 

Dissertation Title: Ellipsis in Dutch Dialects

Dissertation URL:

Linguistic Field: Syntax 

Subject Language: Dutch (code: DUT), English (code: ENG)

Dissertation Director 1: Johan Rooryck
Dissertation Director 2: Sjef Barbiers

Dissertation Abstract: 

"Ellipsis in Dutch dialects" investigates a number of elliptical
constructions found in Dutch dialects within the framework of the
Minimalist Program. It is argued that both the PF-deletion and the
pro-theory of ellipsis are needed to account for the full range of
elliptical phenomena attested in natural language.

This study consists of two parts. The first one focuses on two cases
of stranding to the right of a sluiced wh-phrase: prepositions in
English (What about?) and demonstrative pronouns in Southern Dutch
dialects (Wie dat? 'who that'). Both these phenomena are given a
PF-deletion analysis, which turns out to have considerable
repercussions for the structure of the left periphery and the syntax
of wh-movement. Specifically, while minimal wh-phrases move from their
IP-internal base position to specCP, complex ones are base-generated
in the (split) left periphery.

The second part is concerned with Short Do Replies in Southern Dutch
dialects, a type of contradictory replies which at first sight bears a
close resemblance to English VP-ellipsis. It is shown that in this
case the ellipsis site is best represented as a null, structureless
proform, which is licensed by the head of a high NegP. Moreover, this
pronominal is argued to occur in two other dialectal constructions as
well: contradictory replies of the type Da's nie ' not' found
in Brabant Dutch, and the occurrence of subject clitics and agreement
endings on the words for yes and no in Southern Dutch dialects
(e.g. Ja-n-s 'yes-PLURAL-they').

This study is of relevance to anyone interested in the syntax of
ellipsis, the left periphery or wh-movement, or in the study of Dutch
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