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The Evolution of Functional Left Peripheries in Hungarian Syntax
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The Evolution of Functional Left Peripheries in Hungarian Syntax

Katalin É. Kiss

Abstract

Hungarian, a Ugric language of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family, is one of a handful of non-Indo-European languages with a documented history spanning more than 800 years. This book focuses on the restructuring of Hungarian syntax from head-final to head-initial, which started in the Proto-Hungarian age, and has led to fundamental structural changes resulting in the evolution of functional left peripheries on various levels of syntactic structure by the 16th century. It is shown how the SOV Proto-Hungarian sentence, displaying a fusion of thematic and functional roles, deve ... More

Keywords: Hungarian, Finno-Ugric, left periphery, thematic role, functional role, syntactic structure, complementizer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198709855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709855.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katalin É. Kiss, editor
Professor of Linguistics, Research Institute of Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences