Sloppy/Strict Identity, Empty Objects, and NP Ellipsis

  title={Sloppy/Strict Identity, Empty Objects, and NP Ellipsis},
  author={Soowon Kim},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
  • Soowon Kim
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of East Asian Linguistics
This article proposes that, with Fiengo and May's (1994) indexing theory, a full-fledged reconstruction approach to null argument phenomena in such languages as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean becomes possible. Not only does the present NP-Ellipsis analysis preserve the insight of Otani and Whitman (1991), but it also helps overcome the drawbacks of their VP-Ellipsis analysis of null objects. This article thus argues that null NPs in these languages must be empty phrase- markers underlyingly, not… 

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