Deriving sluicing-like constructions in Isbukun Bunun

Hsiao Hung Iris Wu*

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This paper investigates the sluicing-like constructions (SLCs) in Isbukun Bunun, a language which always places its wh-words at the left-peripheral position, and it is argued that genuine sluicing is not available in this language. The evidence in favor of the pseudo-sluicing analysis draws on the behavior of how-phrases, the failure of implicit discourse anaphoric arguments and the absence of sloppy identity reading in Isbukun SLCs. These properties are otherwise hard to accommodate in a movement and deletion approach but rather follow from the view that SLCs in Isbukun Bunun are derived from independent syntactic operations including pro-drop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-662
Number of pages28
JournalLanguage and Linguistics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Isbukun Bunun
  • Pro-drop
  • Pseudo-sluicing
  • Sluicing
  • Wh-formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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