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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2010, Vol. 41, No. 1, Pages 83-110
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2010.41.1.83)
© 2010 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Scrambling and Control
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Abstract

This article argues for two points: that scrambling out of a control clause patterns with scrambling out of a finite clause and that obligatory control is derived by movement of the controller. The argument is based on hitherto unnoticed facts about binding effects with scrambling out of a control clause in Japanese. It is proposed that those facts can only be accounted for by looking at an interaction of long-distance scrambling and movement of the controller. It is also shown that the proposal has important consequences for the nature of scrambling, pronominal variable binding, and subject control.