Article published in:Approaches to Hungarian: Volume 11: Papers from the 2007 New York Conference
Edited by Marcel den Dikken and Robert M. Vago
[Approaches to Hungarian 11] 2009
► pp. 29–64
Eliminating factivity from syntax
Sentential complements in Hungarian
This paper contributes to the ongoing discussion on the syntax and semantics of object clauses. Using data from Hungarian and English, we claim that ‘factivity’ is a lexico-semantic concept without a direct correlate in syntax. Instead, we propose that ‘referentiality’ is the feature that differentiates a simple [CP] (the syntactic realization of a proposition) from a more complex [cP[CP]] (encoding a speech act). We support this analysis by looking at the interpretation of sentential embedding constructions and the distribution of clausal expletives in Hungarian. Our account allows us to appeal to the referential property of CP to explain wh-extraction patterns (i.e. the ‘factive island’ effect), as well as syntactic and semantic constraints on wh-expletive constructions.
Published online: 19 November 2009
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