Arguments for argument structure for a Hungarian pronoun in clausal complementation


  • Tibor Laczkó Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary


LFG, Hungarian, clausal argument, demonstrative pronoun, pro-drop


In this paper I present a novel LFG analysis of finite clausal arguments in Hungarian. These clauses can be used in combination with a demonstrative pronoun, or on their own. I assume that the nominative, accusative or oblique pronoun in the first type is a special referential pronoun, and not an expletive. The entirely new aspect of my analysis is that this pronoun is a one-place predicate whose semantics contains "identity relation". It takes the CP as its propositional argument bearing the COMP GF. In the case of the subject and object subtypes in the stand-alone CP type I assume that the correlative pronoun undergoes subject or object pro-drop. In this way I provide a uniform analysis of the subject and object subtypes in Types A and B. I assume that in the oblique subtype of the stand-alone CP type the matrix verb selects the CP as its COMP argument.