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Right-dislocation as scrambling

Tanaka, H. (2001) Right-dislocation as scrambling. Journal of Linguistics, 37 (3). pp. 551-579. ISSN 0022-2267

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The present paper shows that Right-Dislocation (RD) in Japanese shares a number of characteristics with scrambling, but nonetheless cannot be identified as rightward scrambling. The proposed solution to this apparent contradiction is that there is no direct syntactic movement of the right-dislocated phrase. Rather, the right-dislocated phrase is a remnant of an extra clause which is deleted (or sluiced) after scrambling. It is therefore concluded that RD involves leftward movement (scrambling) and that its rightward effect is only apparent. The proposed analysis is supported by a number of facts that have not previously been reported, including the distribution of adverbs, pronominal coreference, anaphor binding, idiom interpretations and wh-questions. The proposed analysis is also consistent with Kayne’s (1994) proposal that there are no rightward movement processes in syntax.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 13:53
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2009 13:53
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022226701001049
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022226701001049
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6722

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