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|Title:||AN IN-SITU PF-DELETION ANALYSIS FOR COLLOQUIAL SINGAPORE ENGLISH CONTRASTIVE FRAGMENTS||Authors:||NGUI JIAN GANG||Keywords:||In-situ, Syntactic movement, PF-deletion, Colloquial Singapore English, Fragments, Ellipsis,||Issue Date:||31-May-2017||Citation:||NGUI JIAN GANG (2017-05-31). AN IN-SITU PF-DELETION ANALYSIS FOR COLLOQUIAL SINGAPORE ENGLISH CONTRASTIVE FRAGMENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.||Abstract:||This thesis investigates the syntax of contrastive fragments in Colloquial Singapore English (CSE). Merchant’s (2004) and Griffiths’ & Lipták’s (2014) movement analysis of fragments predicts that contrastive fragment answers in CSE should be ungrammatical if the fragment correlate is embedded within an island. However, the data collected from 17 native CSE speakers show otherwise. This thesis will propose an in-situ PF-deletion analysis of fragments, positing that the focus feature [+F] can spread to other elements ([+F]-spreading) in the fragment answer. Any elements that bear [+F] are not targeted for PF-deletion ([+F]-shielding). The above correctly derives the full range of possible contrastive fragment answers in CSE without resorting to movement. [+F]-spreading and [+F]-shielding are assumed to be PF-phenomena that are constrained by islands boundaries, which have been claimed by Johnson (2004) and Hornstein et al. (2003) to be Spell-Out boundaries. [+F]-spreading and [+F]-shielding thus conspire to properly constrain in-situ PF-deletion.||URI:||http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/138665|
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