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VP-ellipsis and the Czech auxiliary být ('to be')

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This paper deals with VP-ellipsis after the auxiliary verb být ('to be') in Czech. We ask in particular why VP-ellipsis is only possible in future tense and in passive voice. We show that distinct forms of the auxiliary být differ with respect to their morphological status, tense, aspect and negation. Consequently, we claim that these forms occupy distinct syntactic positions in the clause. Only future and passive forms are generated below Negation, in the head immediately dominating the VP and licencing ellipsis of its VP complement.

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hal-00807296 , version 1 (03-04-2013)

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Hana Gruet-Skrabalova. VP-ellipsis and the Czech auxiliary být ('to be'). XLinguae, 2012, 5 (4), pp.3-15. ⟨hal-00807296⟩

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