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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2002, Vol. 33, No. 1, Pages 63-96
(doi: 10.1162/002438902317382189)
© 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Antecedent-Contained Deletion and the Copy Theory of Movement
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Antecedent-contained deletion poses a problem for theories of ellipsis, a problem that, according to much literature, is solved by Quantifier Raising. The solution, however, conflicts with the copy theory of movement. This article resolves this new conflict with the aid of a theory of extraposition and covert movement proposed by Fox and Nissenbaum (1999), together with certain assumptions about the structure of relative clauses and the way chains are interpreted. The resolution makes various new predictions and accounts for a range of otherwise puzzling facts.