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Does Hungarian have a case system?

Spencer, Andrew (2008) 'Does Hungarian have a case system?' In: Corbett, Greville G and Noonan, Michael, (eds.) Case and Grammatical Relations, Studies in honor of Bernard Comrie. Typological Studies in Language (81). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 35-56. ISBN eBook: 978 90 272 9018 2; Print: 978 90 272 2994 6


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I argue that case markers in Hungarian are best thought of as ‘fused postpositions’. There is no need to set up a separate syntactic or morphological [Case] attribute as such. Rather, we just need a morphological principle stating that nominals (including pronouns) have a special form, the traditional case form. In this respect Hungarian is crucially different from languages such as Latin (which requires both a morphological and a syntactic [Case] feature) or Finnish (which requires at least a syntactic [Case] feature). I discuss certain typological issues arising from this analysis, arguing that when grammarians refer to Hungarian ‘cases’, they are really referring to a rather more general notion of ‘canonical grammatical function markers on dependents’.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hungarian, case
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 10:00
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2011 10:00

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