Verb Phrase Ellipsis in Persian: The Questions of Identity and Licensing

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Kurdistan

2 Associate Professor of Linguistics Department, Esfahan University

Abstract

This paper presents an attempt to analyze the verb phrase ellipsis in Persian in terms of the questions of identity and licensing. Assuming a minimalist framework for the analysis, it is argued that verb phrase ellipsis in Persian is structurally licensed by a governing head which takes vP as its complement, through an algorithm of E(llipsis)-feature deletion at PF. It is also shown that structural identity of the elided constituent and its antecedent is crucial for the derivation of verb phrase ellipsis in Persian.

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Volume 6, Issue 2
January 2016
Pages 101-120
  • Receive Date: 20 December 2014
  • Revise Date: 28 April 2015
  • Accept Date: 28 May 2016
  • First Publish Date: 28 May 2016