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

We examine the nature of left branch extraction from nominal phrases in Russian. Our primary diagnostic is parasitic gap licensing, which becomes evident in Russian once certain confounds are removed. We observe that the interpretation for a parasitic gap in a context with left branch extraction is identical to the interpretation assigned when the containing nominal phrase is pied-piped, rather than extracted from. From this, we argue that Russian left branch extraction in fact involves concealed pied-piping of the entire nominal phrase that the supposedly extracted constituent originates in. We go on to show that this hypothesis accurately predicts certain interactions of left branch extraction with principle C effects in ‘late merge’ configurations, and with ATB movement from coordinate structures. We conclude with implications for the structure of the Russian nominal and theories of discontinuous noun phrases.
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keywords: parasitic gaps, left branch extraction, sub-extraction, pied-piping, russian, semantics, syntax
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