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

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Kurdistan

2 Associate Professor of Linguistics Department, Esfahan University


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