Can A-scrambling reorder arguments?
Norvin Richards
March 2008

I argue that despite appearances, Japanese A-scrambling cannot move one DP past another. Instead, I suggest, scrambling of (for instance) an object past a subject is achieved by Merging the subject underneath the landing site of the object. The derivation avoids the locality problem raised by A-movement of one DP past another, and I show that it also successfully predicts, given certain types of theories of reconstruction, that such movement cannot reconstruct.
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keywords: scrambling, reconstruction, tucking in, japanese, locality, syntax
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