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Abstract

This paper investigates the hypothesis that movement to SpecFinP in Finnish is an instance of discourse neutral EPP movement that obeys a locality condition. It is proposed that the subject argument in the specifier of vP is the closest potential goal for the EPP and therefore the “default” element to move to SpecFinP. The other elements, such as the object argument, have to first reach the edge of vP in order to be available for EPP movement to higher positions. The movement of the object to the edge of vP is argued to be discourse-driven scrambling.

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