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On Snakes and Locative Binding in Hungarian

György Rákosi


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The paper investigates the peculiar pattern of reflexivity marking in Hungarian locative and directional PPs. Unlike in English, where both a pronoun and a reflexive can serve this purpose, only the reflexive is grammatical in standard Hungarian in these contexts. For many speakers, however, pronominal coding of reflexivity is also an option in first and second persons in locative PPs. The paper presents an LFG-theoretic analysis that rests on the assumption that this option is only available for speakers who treat the PP as a possessive structure, hence licensing the pronoun in what is essentially a non-local binding dependency.

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