Workshop: Multiple questions about sluicing

Workshop date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Location: Yale University.

The goal of this workshop is to address issues surrounding the analysis of sluicing, an ellipsis construction in which a constituent interrogative clause is unpronounced save for the Wh-phrase (Ross 1969, Merchant 2001):

(1) Mary spoke with some boy, but I don’t know who.

The workshop will also focus heavily on multiple sluicing (Takahashi 1994), that is, sluicing with more than one Wh-phrase remnant.

The workshop aims to advance our understanding of sluicing by exploring looming extant issues in the domain of the multiple sluicing construction: the analysis of such constructions bears on the nature of the identity condition, since antecedents for multiple sluices often contain quantified elements missing in the ellipsis clause. Additionally, multiple sluices raise questions about the nature of Wh-movement under ellipsis, since multiple sluicing is attested also in languages that lack multiple Wh-fronting (for English, see Lasnik 2014, and Rodrigues et al 2009 for Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese). Multiple sluicing is (perhaps surprisingly) also subject to more stringent locality constraints than regular sluicing, where multiple Wh-phrase survivors must be clause-mates. 

The workshop will take place on April 22nd, from 10 AM to 6:30 PM, followed by a workshop dinner. 


Matt Barros
Veneeta Dayal
Robert Frank
Kyle Johnson
Hadas Kotek
Brooke Larson
Emily Manetta
Jason Merchant
Troy Messick

Stay tuned for a program and additional details. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by filling out this form.

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Organizers: Matt Barros, Hadas Kotek, and Bob Frank.