Gapping vs VP-ellipsis in Catalan Sign Language

Autor/a: ZORZI, Giorgia
Año: 2018
Editorial: Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory, Vol. 1 (2018) pp. 70-81
Tipo de código: ISSN
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Johnson  (2014)  defines  gapping  as  being  such  only  if  the  gap  appears  in  the  second conjunct  of  a  coordination.  Moreover,  in  English  and  in  other  spoken  languages, gapping is considered a particular type of elliptical structure compared to other types of ellipsis. This is due to the restriction on gapping  in  appearing  only  in  coordination  and to its compliance with the no embedding constraint (Johnson 2014). Gapping in Catalan Sign   Language   (LSC),   instead,   presents   different   properties   than   English,   showing similarity to VPellipsis (VPE). In this paper, I compare LSC to English, as representative of  many  other  languages,  and  I  consider  the  necessity  of  grouping  gapping with  other elliptical  structures,  contrary  to  analyses  suggested  based  on  English.  I  adopt  a  large coordination (Gengel 2006)  and  PF  deletion (Coppock  2001  following  Merchant 2001) analysis and I provide a unified deletion account for gapping and VPE.