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Scrambling, Remnant Movement, and Restructuring in West Germanic$
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Roland Hinterhölzl

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308211.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Scrambling, Remnant Movement, and Restructuring in West Germanic
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Roland Hinterhölzl (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308211.003.0001

This chapter begins by examining the connections between remnant movement, scrambling, and restructuring. It introduces a number of phenomena and concepts essential for the description of the syntactic structure of West Germanic as well as for the understanding of the discussion of restructuring infinitives. It discusses the essential properties of and the relevant restrictions on remnant movement. It also talks about the interaction between remnant movement and head movement. It argues that remnant categories created by head movement cannot undergo further movement and show how this restriction can be derived from Attract Closest as well. It demonstrates that the original account by Den Besten and Webelhuth is flawed. It argues that remnant VPs in German are created by licensing movement of VP-internal material into dedicated licensing positions in the lower middle field. It outlines the core ideas and concepts that were adopted and indicates the account of individual phenomena.

Keywords:   remnant movement, scrambling, restructuring, West Germanic, infinitives, head movement, Den Besten, Webelhuth

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