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Studies in Modern Grammar Vol.105 pp.83-100

Contrastive Stripping Constructions in English: A Construction-Based Approach

Sae-Youn Cho,Han-gyu Lee**
* We would like to thank three anonymous reviewers for this journal for their valuable comments and suggestions. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2019 Spring Joint Conference of SMOG, LAK, and KGGC, May 18, 2019, Daegu Catholic University. All errors in this paper are ours.
** Cho (First author, professor, Kangwon National University); Lee (Corresponding author, professor, Kyung Hee University)


This paper aims to account for the idiosyncratic properties of the Contrastive Stripping Construction (CSC) in English. The main issues on this construction are how to generate its 4 possible skeletal structures and get the right contrastive reading from them. Rejecting the Movement-Ellipsis approaches facing theoretical and/or empirical problems, we propose a constructionbased analysis of the CSC which interacts the English CSC-cx rule with various lexical information of the lexemes such as and and but. This enables us to generate the 4 skeletal structures of the CSC and assign an appropriate contrastive reading to them.