Another Look at Verb Movement in Japanese

Jun Tamura


This paper is a response to Hatakeyama et al (2008), who argue for V-to-I in Japanese mainly on the basis of the distribution of the particle mo. I retest their data and reach a different result: Japanese verbs stay in situ at all times, and the relevant linearizations arise from phrasal versus head movement around mo, a particle that I define as a functional head (versus XP clitic in the cited study). Key words: Japanese, verb movement, mo, aspectual head, modal head.

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