I provide a unified account of a constraint on adjunction observed in three complex predicate constructions in Japanese: (i) restructuring motion verb constructions, (ii) light verb constructions, (iii) infinitives with wasure- ‘forget’. It is shown that adjunction (i.e. adverbial modification, adjectival modification, and quantifier raising) in the lower projections are impossible in these constructions. To account for the constraint on adjunction, I propose that (i) lexical verbs (Vs) are phase heads and (ii) adjunction within verbal and nominal domains is constrained by Case.
"Adjunction, Phases, and Complex Predicates in Japanese,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics:
1, Article 26.
Available at: http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol19/iss1/26