This research aims to address the controversy over word order patterns of control constructions of the Korean verb seltukhata (‘to persuade’) and settle it with evidence from production and corpus studies (Choi 2007; Hong & Yun 2020). The controversy, in essence, was sparked by the question of whether the constructions Cl-Acc and Acc-Cl of the verb seltukhata are syntactically related by scrambling (Cormack & Smith 2004; Polinsky et al. 2007; Hoe 2013). To answer this question, this study adopts the results of Hong & Yun (2020) concerning the word order preference in control constructions and suggests that the Acc-Cl structure is derived from the Cl-Acc through scrambling.
2. Subcategorization Frames of Korean Control Verbs
3. Relation between the Structures Cl-Acc and Acc-Cl
3.1 Against Polinsky et al.’s (2007) Processing Evidence
3.2 Against Hoe’s (2013) Uniqueness of Acc-Cl and Lexical Restructuring
3.3 A need for a unified approach to control constructions
4. Backward Control and Scrambling Revisited