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LINGUIST List 18.1488

Tue May 15 2007

Books: Syntax: Rákosi

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        1.    rianne giethoorn, Dative Experiencer Predicates in Hungarian: Rákosi


Message 1: Dative Experiencer Predicates in Hungarian: Rákosi
Date: 11-May-2007
From: rianne giethoorn <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Dative Experiencer Predicates in Hungarian: Rákosi


Title: Dative Experiencer Predicates in Hungarian
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: György Rákosi
Paperback: ISBN: Pages: 254 Price: Europe EURO 24.70
Abstract:

Dative Experiencer Predicates in Hungarian investigates the argument
structure and the syntax of appeal to- and important-type predicates in
Hungarian. Couched in terms of Reinhart's (2000, 2002) Theta System, the
thesis presents arguments for the need to resort to the lexicon in setting
up systematic generalizations concerning the licensing and the basic
syntactic behavior of dative experiencers.

Dative experiencer predicates are distinct both conceptually and
thematically from subject- and object-experiencers, and the three classes
of predicates cannot be collapsed at any level of representation. Dative
experiencers themselves can be of three distinct grammatical types. Appeal
to-type predicates have dative experiencer arguments, but important-type
predicates license dative thematic adjuncts, which are optional and which
have distinctive semantic, morphological, and syntactic properties. A
general account of thematic adjuncts is developed. Non-thematic datives are
distinguished as a third type of dative experiencers. These can freely be
inserted into any clause as regular adjuncts.

A fresh look is taken from this perspective at the syntax of dative
experiencer constructions in Hungarian. Hungarian dative experiencer
predicates are shown to be non-quirky. Their peculiar syntactic behavior is
the consequence of their special thematic properties. In addition, the
argument-thematic adjunct distinction helps the author to reconsider the
role dative phrases play in agreement-marked infinitival constructions in
Hungarian.

This thesis is of relevance to scholars working on experiencer predicates,
dative case, and quirky subjects in particular; and to scholars interested
in argument structure, lexicalist theories, and the argument-adjunct
distinction in general.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Hungarian (hun)

Written In: English (eng )

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