Two scrambling strategies in German: Evidence from PPs

Ivona Kucerova

Abstract


We argue that scrambling to the middle field in German does not form a syntactically homogeneous class. Instead, there are two distinct types of movement involved: (i) feature-triggered movement typically targeting the left periphery (Rizzi, 1997; Miyagawa, 1997, a.o.), i.e., movement which is determined within syntax proper; and (ii) semantically licensed, and competition based type of movement (Reinhart, 1995, 2006; Fox, 2000; Kucerová, 2007, 2012), determined at the syntax- semantics interface. The empirical evidence comes from scrambling of definite PPs in German. 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/exabs.v0i0.2383