Article published in:Approaches to Hungarian: Volume 12: Papers from the 2009 Debrecen Conference
Edited by Tibor Laczkó and Catherine O. Ringen
[Approaches to Hungarian 12] 2011
► pp. 163–208
An interface account of identificational focus movement
This paper offers a purely interface-based account of the syntax of identificational focus in Hungarian, which eliminates all syntax-internal artifacts from the grammar of ‘focus movement.’ The analysis is based on two inescapable interface properties of id-focus: its prosodic prominence, and its interpretation as an identificational predicate. The overt or covert realization of any id-focus movement and the actual landing sites it may target are determined by the interaction of independent factors: (1) general properties of the grammar (economy, Stress–Focus Correspondence, and the general theory of syntactic movement), and (2) parametric properties of Hungarian that are independent of the grammar of focus, including syntactic and prosodic features (notably, the “EPP” property of T, and the left-headedness of intonational phrases).
Published online: 08 December 2011
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