A Resumption Strategy for Gapless Multiple Right Dislocation

Jeong-Shik Lee 1 ,
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1Wonkwang University
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Received: Feb 27, 2017 ; Revised: Apr 15, 2017 ; Accepted: Apr 23, 2017

Published Online: Apr 30, 2017


This paper mainly focuses on gapless multiple right dislocation constructions in Korean. Abe (2016) argues against the most popular approach to right dislocation, namely, a bi-clausal analysis incorporating repair by ellipsis strategy. Instead, he argues for a bi-clausal in situ deletion approach based on island insensitivity, intervention effects, and multiple sluicing in Japanese. In this paper, I carefully examine Abe’s arguments, using corresponding Korean examples, and argue that his arguments are not tenable. I even claim that the bi-clausal analysis is not an option. More specifically, I propose that the in situ deletion effects are achieved by another mechanism, which I call phonetic resumption, under the mono-clausal analysis coupled with TP-raising.

Keywords: multiple right dislocation; gapless; in situ deletion; bi-clausal; mono-clausal; repair by ellipsis; phonetic resumption; TP-raising