[Ads-l] Sluicing

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Mon Oct 23 10:57:50 EDT 2017


Laurence Horn wrote:
> *Just checked my disintegrating copy of CLS 5, Papers from the Fifth 
> Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (I wuz dere, 
> Charley), and sure enough in the first paragraph of “Guess Who”, Ross 
> explains that he will refer to the rule that converts (the structure 
> underlying) “Somebody just left—guess who just left” into (the 
> structure immediately underlying) “Somebody just left—guess who” as 
> Sluicing, but he doesn’t say why. (Yes, another sluice; the sluiced 
> clause doesn’t have to be overt.)

Even with the clue of the title, I got garden-pathed - tried to figure 
out what "left-guessing" was.

Jim Parish

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