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Correlative topicalization
Correlative topicalization

Author(s): Anikó Lipták
Subject(s): Syntax, Semantics, Finno-Ugrian studies
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: correlatives; topicalization; left dislocation, movement; Hindi; Hungarian;

Summary/Abstract: This article takes a close look at correlatives in Hungarian and shows that they occupy a particular space in the typology of correlatives: Hungarian correlativization is solely used as a left-peripheral discourse strategy, which will be evidenced by the fact that correlatives display properties of topics, both when it comes to syntax and discourse. Concerning their discourse interpretation it will be argued that correlatives in Hungarian are aboutness topics, and take part in a discourse structure akin to simplifying left dislocation. Concerning their syntax, unlike Hindi correlatives in the analysis of Bhatt (2003), correlatives in Hungarian are not merged to their demonstrative associate in a local manner; nevertheless, their relationship to their associate is subject to locality considerations. Hungarian correlatives are merged at the edge of the CP that contains the base-generated DP and may undergo topic movement to the left, into higher clauses. The demonstrative associate on the other hand minimally raises to the left periphery of its CP, and alternatively into higher clauses, via topicalization or focusing. This means that Hungarian correlativization involves two mobile elements: both the correlative clause and the demonstrative are able to undergo movement.

  • Issue Year: 59/2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 245-302
  • Page Count: 58
  • Language: English