[Lingtyp] Interleaving/scrambling of clauses

David Gil gil at shh.mpg.de
Tue May 11 22:18:22 UTC 2021

Dear Dmitry,

The recognition of cross-clause scrambling as such is notoriously 
analysis dependent.  Consider "NEG-raising", as in

(1) I don't believe that he will come
(understood as 'I believe that he will not come')

Under some analyses, the negative /not/ "really belongs" in the embedded 
clause, even though it appears in the matrix clause — which would make 
it a case of what you're looking for.  Though under alternative 
analyses, "it is where it actually shows up", and the "NEG-raising" 
reading is due to a pragmatic implicature.

I suspect that there will be lots of cases like this, where an element 
appears to be in the "wrong" place due to analysis-specific 
expectations, which are often an artifact of how the sentence is 
translated into the linguist's own language (English, Russian ...), in 
which the corresponding element shows up in a different place.



On 11/05/2021 19:55, Dmitry Nikolaev wrote:
> Dear all,
> Numerous examples have been reported in the literature of 
> "scrambling"/interleaving of syntactic constituents. My question is 
> whether cases have been reported where interleaved elements belong to 
> different clauses, e.g. of an element from the matrix clause situated 
> inside a subordinate clause or of same-level subordinate clauses being 
> interleaved.
> Regards,
> Dmitry
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David Gil
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