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Positions for oblique case-marked arguments in Hungarian noun phrases
Positions for oblique case-marked arguments in Hungarian noun phrases

Author(s): Judit Farkas, Gábor Alberti
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Finno-Ugrian studies, Philology
Published by: Filozofski fakultet, Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera, Osijek
Keywords: Hungarian noun phrase; generative syntax; Split-DP Hypothesis; oblique case-marked arguments; possessive construction;

Summary/Abstract: We argue that there are four positions open to oblique case-marked arguments within the Hungarian noun phrase structure, of which certain ones have never been mentioned in the literature while even the others have been discussed very scarcely (for different reasons, which are also pointed out in the paper). In order to formally account for these four positions and the data “legitimizing” them, we provide a new DP structure integrating the basically morphology-based Hungarian traditions with the cartographic Split-DP Hypothesis (Giusti 1996; Ihsane and Puskás 2001). We point out that, chiefly by means of the four positions for oblique case-marked arguments in Hungarian noun phrases and the operator layers based upon them, this language makes it possible for its speakers to explicitly express every possible scopal order of arguments of verbs, even if the given verbs are deeply embedded in complements of deverbal nominalizers.

  • Issue Year: 17/2016
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 295-319
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: English