Strict and non-strict negative concord in Hungarian: A unified analysis
Anna Szabolcsi
January 2018

Surányi (2006) observed that Hungarian has a hybrid (strict + non-strict) negative concord system. This paper proposes a uniform analysis of that system within the general framework of Zeijlstra (2004, 2008) and, especially, Chierchia (2013), with the following new ingredients. Sentential negation NEM is the same full negation in the presence of both strict and non-strict concord items. Preverbal SENKI `n-one’ type negative concord items occupy the specifier position of either NEM `not' or SEM `nor'. The latter, SEM spells out IS `too, even’ in the immediate scope of negation; it is a focus-sensitive head on the clausal spine. SEM can be seen as an overt counterpart of the phonetically null head that Chierchia dubs NEG; it is capable of invoking an abstract (disembodied) negation at the edge of its projection.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003498
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Published in: Huba Bartos, Marcel den Dikken, Zoltán Bánréti & Tamás Váradi (eds.), Boundaries crossed, at the crossroads of morphosyntax, phonology, pragmatics and semantics, Dordrecht: Springer, 2018.
keywords: strict negative concord, non-strict negative concord, hybrid negative concord, hungarian, italian, russian, implicature, exhaustification, scope, disjunction, negation, too (even), disembodied operator, semantics, syntax
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