Argument structure and functional projections in Old Hungarian verbal gerunds

Dékány, Éva (2014) Argument structure and functional projections in Old Hungarian verbal gerunds. Acta Linguistica Hungarica, 61 (3). pp. 317-361. ISSN 1216-8076


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This paper seeks to give a syntactic analysis of Old Hungarian verbal gerunds. I take the “mixed projection” approach to nominalizations (Bresnan 1997; Borsley & Kornfilt 2000; Alexiadou 2001, among others), whereby the extended vP is embedded under nominal functional categories. I argue that in the verbal part of the gerund there is solid evidence for AspP/PredP dominating VoiceP, but there is no conclusive evidence for a TP being projected. I suggest that the object of the gerundival verb may undergo scrambling to a position above negation, while the subject becomes a derived possessor on the surface. I propose that these gerunds do not contain a nominalizer (see Alexiadou 2005; Alexiadou et al. 2010b; 2011 for this possibility); the extended vP is embedded directly under the nominal functional head Poss.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > P0 Philology. Linguistics / filológia, nyelvészet
Depositing User: László Sallai-Tóth
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 13:19
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 23:15

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