"The Syntax of Ellipsis" investigates a number of elliptical constructions
found in Dutch dialects within the framework of the Minimalist Program.
Using two case studies, Van Craenenbroeck argues that both the PF-deletion
and the pro-theory of ellipsis are needed to account for the full range of
elliptical phenomena attested in natural language.
The first case study focuses on instances of stranding to the right of a
sluiced wh-phrase: prepositions in English (What about?) and demonstrative
prnouns in southern Dutch dialects (Wie dat? 'who that'). Van Craenenbroeck
gives both of these phenomena a PF-deletion analysis, which turns out to
have considerable repercussions for the structure of the left periphery and
the syntax of wh-movement. Specifically, while minimal wh-phrases move from
their IP-internal base position to specCP, complex ones are base-generated
in the (split) left periphery.
The second case study is concerned with Short Do Replies in southern Dutch
dialects, a type of contradictory reply that at first sight bears a close
resemblance to English VP-ellipsis. Van Craenenbroeck shows that in this
case the ellipsis site is best represented as a null, structureless proform
that is licensed by the head of a high PolP. Moreover, this pronominal is
argued to occur in two other dialectal constructions as well: contradictory
replies of the type Da's nie 'this is not' found in Brabant Dutch and the
occurrence of subject clitics and agreement endings on the words for yes or
no in Southern Dutch dialects (e.g. Ja-n-s 'yes-PLURAL-they').
"The Syntax of Ellipsis" will be of interest to scholars of the left
periphery, wh-movement, and Dutch dialects.