The syntax of Dutch gapping

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This article takes as its point of departure Neijt’s (1979) claim that gapping is a rule of syntax with properties also found in wh-movement constructions. I will refine this proposal by concluding that gapping remnants are A'-moved into the clause-initial position (SpecCP) and/or the specifiers of functional projections such as TopP, FocP and NegP found in the middle field of the clause. I will further show that this approach sheds new light on various problems (such as the distribution of modal and polarity particles) not satisfactorily solved in earlier analyses
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalLinguistics in the Netherlands
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • ellipsis
  • gapping
  • particles
  • negation
  • spell-out


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