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Be careful how you use the left periphery

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Abstract

The paper evaluates two left-peripheral analyses of gapping: one cartographic analysis, and a second Minimalist analysis, which aligns the left-peripheral movement of gapping with fronting for contrastive effects. It is shown that there are similar problems for both these analyses, in particular the movements postulated for gapping diverge quite strongly from other well-established information structure driven movements. The final section of the paper shows that an analysis according to which the movement for gapping targets a vP related periphery may overcome at least some of the problems that this paper raises.

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