On Scrambling in Japanese

by GUNJI Takao


This article presents a potential generalization on the interaction between Japanese ``scrambling'' and other phenomena, based on the assumption that ``scrambling'' is achieved by a morphophonological operation, which I call wrap, distinct from the usual concatenation. I will specifically treat the binding of pronouns and the so-called floating quantifiers and argue that, in both cases, if wrap is assumed to be more marked than concatenation, the acceptability of a sentence is determined by the multiplier effect of the markedness of wrap and the markedness concerning other phenomena.

 
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