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Studies in Modern Grammar Vol.105 pp.1-23

Scrambling, Anti-Reconstruction, and Binding

Min Jegal*
* Lecturer, Korea Army Academy at Yeongcheon


It has been widely accepted that it is difficult to characterize scrambling in terms of A/A'-distinction. One of the most challenging examples in Korean is binding-related examples that are closely connected with (anti-) reconstruction effects. This paper points out that it is problematic to attempt to define scrambling depending on only the availability of reconstruction effects on the basis of the binding principles(Condition B and C). Instead, we need to consider non-canonical relations among anaphors, pronouns, and Rexpressions in understanding the interplay between scrambling and binding in Korean; the complexity of binding relations is disguised as the inconsistent behaviors of scrambling with regard to (anti-)reconstruction. Based on the assumption that scrambling is not a semantically vacuous movement and the non-trivial fact that anti-reconstruction effects are observed in a wider variety of data while reconstruction effects are limited to cases in which anaphors are scrambled, I argue that (at least in binding-related constructions) scrambling disallows ‘reconstruction effects’ and examples that have been considered to be involved in reconstruction effects can be accounted for within the frame of ‘anti-reconstruction effects’.