Parasitic Gaps and Concealed Pied-Piping in Russian
Tanya Bondarenko and Colin Davis
May 2019

In this paper, we use parasitic gaps (PGs) to examine the nature of left branch extraction (LBE) in Russian. We show that once certain confounds are removed, PGs in Russian become apparent, and can serve as a diagnostic for what in fact moves when LBE occurs. We observe that the interpretation for a PG in contexts with LBE is the same as the interpretation assigned when a full DP moves, which we argue reveals that Russian LBE actually involves concealed pied-piping of the entire DP, rather than sub-extraction. We provide additional new evidence for this conclusion based on the interaction of LBE with principle C and late merge.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004597
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Published in: draft, comments welcome
keywords: parasitic gaps, left branch extraction, sub-extraction, pied-piping, russian, semantics, syntax
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