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date: 05 June 2020

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This article analyzes instances of optional movement and how optionality can be motivated in a minimalist context. The discussion involves the notion of interpretation and the systems external to narrow syntax that further manipulate linguistic expressions. It takes up quantifier raising and scrambling, which appear to be quintessential optional operations. The discussion adheres to the idea that they are optional movement, and shows that by the application of Fox's economy condition on optional interpretation, we can predict which optional operations are well formed and which are not.

Keywords: optional movement, minimalism, interpretation, narrow syntax, linguistic expression, quantifier raising, scrambling

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