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Pseudoclefts in Hungarian

  • Based on novel data from Hungarian, this paper makes the case that in at least some languages specificational pseudocleft sentences must receive a ‘what-you- see-is-what-you-get’ syntactic analysis. More specifically, it is argued that the clefted constituent is the subject of predication (underlyingly base-generated in Spec, Pr), whereas the cleft clause acts as a predicate in the structure. Alongside connectivity effects characteristic of specificational pseudoclefts, we also discuss a range of anti-connectivity effects, which we show to receive a straightforward explanation under the proposed analysis. It follows that attested connectivity effects, in turn, require a semantic, rather than a syntactic account, along the lines of Jacobson (1994) and Sharvit (1999).

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Author:Jutta M. Hartmann, Veronika Hegedűs, Balázs Surányi
Parent Title (English):Approaches to Hungarian. Volume 13: Papers from the 2011 Lund conference
Place of publication:Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Editor:Johan Brandtler, Valéria Molnár, Christer Platzack
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2013
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/09
GND Keyword:Satzanalyse; Spaltsatz; Ungarisch
First Page:67
Last Page:97
The article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 490 Andere Sprachen
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG