This squib presents three new arguments that the matrix subject in English tough-constructions cannot reconstruct into the embedded gap. The first two arguments reexamine data in the literature purported to show such reconstruction. Upon closer scrutiny, we argue that these data in fact involve short reconstruction below a modal or generic operator in the matrix clause, and not genuine long reconstruction into the embedded gap. The third argument is that property positions, which independently require reconstruction, are unable to host tough-gaps. This ban on long reconstruction in English tough-constructions follows without further ado on a base-generation analysis.
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April 20 2023
More on (the Lack of) Reconstruction in English Tough-Constructions
In Special Collection: CogNet
Jon Ander Mendia,
Jon Ander Mendia
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Linguistic Inquiry 1–14.
Ethan Poole, Jon Ander Mendia, Stefan Keine; More on (the Lack of) Reconstruction in English Tough-Constructions. Linguistic Inquiry 2023; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00490
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