LF WH-islands and the minimal scope principle

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The present paper argues that Nishigauchi's (1990) argument for an LF Subjacency Condition is incorrect. It is argued that the relevant facts should be accounted for in terms of a condition on LF representations, which I call the Minimal Scope Principle. My argument crucially depends on the assumption, advanced by Saito (1992), that scrambling can be undone at LF. The large-scale pied-piping hypothesis advanced by Nishigauchi (1990) is also examined and shown to be correct in the light of the Minimal Scope Principle and Takahashi's (1993) economy condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-402
Number of pages32
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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