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The Sound Patterns of Syntax$
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Nomi Erteschik-Shir and Lisa Rochman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556861.001.0001

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Semantic and discourse interpretation of the Japanese left periphery *

Semantic and discourse interpretation of the Japanese left periphery *

(p.140) 8 Semantic and discourse interpretation of the Japanese left periphery*
The Sound Patterns of Syntax

Mamoru Saito

Oxford University Press

This paper examines the effects of Japanese scrambling on interpretation. The main claim is that scrambling is “phonological” as it requires only phonetic features to be interpreted at the landing site, but can nevertheless affect semantic and discourse interpretation because it can feed other movement operations and interact with general discourse principles.

Keywords:   scrambling, left periphery, scope, topic, movement chain

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