Dutch preposition stranding and ellipsis: ‘Merchant’s Wrinkle’ ironed out

  title={Dutch preposition stranding and ellipsis: ‘Merchant’s Wrinkle’ ironed out},
  author={James Griffiths and G{\"u}liz G{\"u}neş and Anik{\'o} Lipt{\'a}k and Jason Merchant},
  journal={The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics},
This paper provides an explanation for the unexpected ban on preposition stranding by wh-R-pronouns under sluicing in Dutch. After showing that previous prosodic and syntactic explanations are untenable, we propose that the observed ban is a by-product of an EPP condition that applies in the PP domain in Dutch. Our analysis revolves around the idea that ellipsis bleeds EPP-driven movement, an idea that already has empirical support from independent patterns of ellipsis found in English and in… 



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