This paper argues that Korean has VP ellipsis, whereby the morpheme ha, which lacks semantic contribution, is located in v in the surface representation and its complement VP consisting of a verbal noun and its preceding theme is elided, based on the assumption that the verbal domain contains VoiceP, distinct from vP. It is also proposed that ellipsis is a narrow syntactic operation that gets rid of only phonological feature matrices of terminals, where phonological features are inserted at PF, but preserves their formal feature matrices (cf. Abels 2012). Thus, the elided elements can participate in formal operations that occur after ellipsis, contra Baltin (2007, 2012) and Aelbrecht (2010). This is supported by the fact that elements elided inside VP, which have been deprived of their phonological feature matrices, can establish an Agree relation with a head outside the ellipsis site or move further out of the ellipsis site in narrow syntax. It is also argued that derivational ellipsis is constrained by a modified version of Richards’ (2016) Contiguity Theory.

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