chapter  11
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Scope Reconstruction and A-Movement

This chapter reexamines recent arguments against A-movement reconstruction in general, and argues that reconstruction effects with A-chains exist, although they are more limited than previously thought. I argue that the reason why A-movement reconstruction is limited is due to the fact that A-moved elements only become ‘interpretable’ once their case features have been checked. This checking typically happens in a position above all potential reconstruction sites. I show that the Case-checking condition on scope taking can be obviated in the case of indenites by means of covert insertion of an expletive, and go on to provide arguments that lowered readings of indenites involve literal lowering. This movement is shown to be subject to Relativized Minimality, thereby further supporting for the claim that Quantier Movement is a syntactic operation.