Dative experiencer predicates in Hungarian
Author: György Rákosi
Publication date: 2006
Number of pages: 266
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predicates in Hungarian
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 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.