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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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Summary and Conclusions

Summary and Conclusions

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Scrambling, Remnant Movement, and Restructuring in West Germanic

Roland Hinterhölzl (Contributor Webpage)

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This book has explained three salient syntactic phenomena in West Germanic, namely scrambling, remnant movement, and restructuring, and their interdependence was investigated in detail. It was argued that licensing movement not only affects the constituents of the VP but also applies to the major constituents of the clause, that is, to AspP and TP, which are taken to move into specific licensing positions in the C-domain. Moreover, restructuring involves movement of the infinitival AspP and TP into dedicated licensing positions in the matrix clause. It was considered that all movement operations involved in the complex derivations that lead up to remnant topicalization can be given a coherent account within a phase-based minimalist framework that only uses leftward movement into unique Specifiers of dedicated functional positions that are motivated by feature-checking requirements of the main constituents of the clause.

Keywords:   salient syntactic phenomena, West Germanic, scrambling, remnant movement, restructuring, remnant topicalization, minimalist framework, Specifiers

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