The Rise of the modifier Suffix -i with PPs

Hegedűs, Veronika (2018) The Rise of the modifier Suffix -i with PPs. In: Boundaries Crossed, at the Interfaces of Morphosyntax, Phonology, Pragmatics and Semantics. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (94). Springer, Cham, pp. 107-122. ISBN 9783319907093

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The paper aims to give a diachronic overview of the changes that resulted in the currently wide distribution of the -i suffix found on prenominal PP modifiers, which has often been described as a derivational suffix but is rather a licensing head for modifiers of certain types. Data from Old Hungarian, Middle Hungarian and Early Modern Hungarian will outline the syntactic change in the use of való 'orig. being' and -i, along with the rise of a new participial copular form. The changes have led to -i becoming the general modifier head for prenominal PPs. The paper will further argue that the lack of -i with goal and directional PPs in present day Hungarian is due to syntactic reasons in some cases and to semantic ones in others.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > P0 Philology. Linguistics / filológia, nyelvészet > P140 Historical linguistics / nyelvtörténet, történeti nyelvtan
Depositing User: Dr. Veronika Hegedűs
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 15:06

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