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Academic Paper

Title: A feature-checking analysis of Japanese scrambling
Author: Tomoko Kawamura
Institution: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Japanese
Abstract: This paper explains several unique aspects of scrambling. Using the scrambling feature (E-feature) proposed by Grewendorf and Sabel (1999), I discuss (a) what derives the difference between A-scrambling and DP-movement, (b) why scrambling shows radical reconstruction properties, while an operator-variable relation is established in wh-questions, and (c) why we find several types of scrambling. I propose a Feature Interpretation Principle, which states that a feature checking relationship established in derivation is preserved at LF. I show that the Feature Interpretation Principle, together with the multiple feature-checking parameter of Ura (1996) and the nature of heads, explains most of the unique properties of scrambling.


This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 40, Issue 1.

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