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I argue that gapping in Mandarin Chinese as a deletion operation (cf. Wei 2011Ai 2014) is administrated by some semantic constraints and the discourse in which they occur, in line with Kuno (1976)Tsao (1979) and Wei (2011). Specifically, I argue that the semantic combination of the VP (cf. Paul 1996ab1999) and the object NP (cf. Li 1998) in gapped sentences cannot be [−generic, -definite]. That is, the VP in the gapped clause cannot have a [-generic] interpretation and simultaneously for the object to have a [−definite] interpretation. If so combined, gapping in Mandarin Chinese will be blocked.


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Keyword(s): ATB-movement; definiteness; deletion; empty verb sentence; gapping; genericity
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