Chapter published in:Approaches to Hungarian: Volume 16: Papers from the 2017 Budapest Conference
Edited by Veronika Hegedűs and Irene Vogel
[Approaches to Hungarian 16] 2020
► pp. 115–136
With or without the definite article
On the syntax of anaphoric possessor strategies in Hungarian
That noun phrases may constitute a binding domain is a key component among the parallelisms between the syntax of noun phrases and clauses. Reuland (2007, 2011) and Despić (2011, 2015) have shown recently that the definite article plays a crucial role in delimiting this domain, since dedicated possessive reflexive anaphors are only possible in languages that lack a prenominal definite article. Hungarian has several anaphoric possessor strategies, which vary in whether they require, allow, or prohibit the use of the definite article in the possessive noun phrase. This paper gives an overview of the grammar of these strategies, and presents a discussion of the results of a questionnaire survey that was conducted to better understand the delicate distribution of the definite article in these constructions. The importance of these Hungarian data lies in showing that Reuland’s conjecture describes an important factor not only in cross-linguistic, but also in language internal variation in definite article use in possessive DP’s.
Keywords: anaphor, definite article, Hungarian, logophor, noun phrase, phase, possessive, pronoun, reflexive, reciprocal
- 2.The background of the study
- 2.1Reuland’s (2007, 2011) conjecture on dedicated possessive reflexives
- 2.2The Hungarian background
- 3.Anaphoric possessors with or without the definite article
- 3.1Pronominal possessors
- 3.2The survey
- 3.3The primary reflexive as a possessor
- 3.4The reciprocal anaphor as a possessor
- 3.5The complex reflexive önmaga ‘oneself’ as a possessor
- 4.Summary and outlook
Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.
For any use beyond this license, please contact the publisher at email@example.com.
Published online: 08 April 2020
1999 Morfoszintaxis és interpretáció: A magyar inflexiós jelenségek szintaktikai háttere [Morphosyntax and interpretation: The syntactic background of inflectional phenomena in Hungarian.] Doctoral thesis. Budapest: ELTE Elméleti Nyelvészet Doktori Program.
Bernstein, Judy B. & Christina Tortora
2011 A profile of the Hungarian DP. The interaction of lexicalization, agreement and linearization with the functional sequence . Doctoral thesis. Tromsø: University of Tromsø.
2011 Syntax in the absence of determiner phrase . Doctoral thesis. University of Connecticut.
d’Hulst, Yves, Martine Coene & Liliane Tasmowski
Dikken, Marcel den
Dóla, Mónika, Anita Viszket & Judit Kleiber
1989 Asymmetries in Hungarian . Doctoral thesis. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
Oravecz Csaba, Váradi Tamás & Sass Bálint
2014 The Hungarian Gigaword Corpus. Proceedings of LREC 2014 .
2007 Binding conditions: How can they be derived? Lectures on Binding . Department of Linguistics, St Petersburg University. Joint PhD program St Petersburg- Utrecht University. April 24–May 3, 2007. [Retrieved 31.01.2017] Available at: http://slioussar.narod.ru/reuland2007.htm
1989 Noun phrases and clauses: Is DP analogous to IP or CP? Ms. Retrieved from http://www.nyu.edu/projects/szabolcsi/szabolcsi_DP_IP_CP.pdf