SOME NOTES ON VP ELLIPSIS LICENSING CONDITIONS
Hsiao-hung Iris Wu
Previous scholarship offers two different analyses of the variable acceptability of VP ellipsis. According to one of them (pioneered by Lobeck 1995), an ellipsis site must be licensed by a governing head, so that it should appear in an environment with an appropriate licensor; in the other one (advocated in Johnson 2001), the possibility of VP ellipsis is linked to the possibility of VP topicalization. This paper focuses on the impossibility of VP ellipsis in examples featuring locative inversion and shows that such unnoticed VPE patterns are compatible only with the latter VP topicalization approach.
Key words:VP ellipsis, VP ellipsis licensing, locative inversion, government, VP topicalization