Missing objects in Hebrew: Argument ellipsis, not VP ellipsis

Idan Landau*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Hebrew is standardly cited as a language exhibiting Verb-stranding VP-ellipsis (VSVPE). Systematic reassessment of the data demonstrates that all the alleged evidence for VSVPE is consistent with Argument Ellipsis (AE); furthermore, there are ample data that are only consistent with AE, and more revealingly, data that can only be explained if VSVPE is unavailable. Finally, the verb preceding the missing object need not match the antecedent verb, falsifying the “Verb Identity Requirement”. The conclusion that Hebrew employs AE (similarly to East Asian languages) but not VSVPE focuses attention both on the typology of AE and on the so-far hidden constraints against VSVPE derivations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number76
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Argument ellipsis
  • Hebrew
  • Null objects
  • Verb-stranding VP ellipsis


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