Abstract

Bošković (2004) argues that what defines scrambling in languages such as Japanese is its "undoing" property (Saito 1989). Bošković (2004) and Bošković and Takahashi (1998) argue that this "undoing" property shows the way for scrambling to count as a last-resort operation, instead of being purely optional as is widely believed. In this article, I give empirical evidence that "undoing" does not occur and that the reconstruction effect simply reflects a normal property of Ā-movements like wh-movement in English. I further show that the condition that governs optional scrambling is Fox's (2000) Scope Economy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9150
Print ISSN
0024-3892
Pages
pp. 607-624
Launched on MUSE
2006-11-02
Open Access
No
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