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5. Pure Base Generation

As a consequence from the discussion presented so far, the following preliminary conclusion can be drawn: explanations of scrambling will have to a) avoid any assumptions of traces in the default argument position and b) allow for a structural distinction between arguments to explain effects on syntactic movement. The first requirement will naturally put more emphasis on presyntactic mechanisms, i.e. information stored in the lexicon. The second one demands for a slight elaboration of VP-structure.

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Philipp Strazny 1997