Obviation in Hungarian: What is its shape, and is it due to competition?
Anna Szabolcsi
April 2021

According to the classical description of obviation, the subject of a subjunctive is disjoint in reference from the attitude-holder subject of the immediately higher clause. * Je veux que je parte. I want that I leave.SUBJ `I want for me to leave’ Inspired by Ruwet (1984/1991) and Farkas (1988; 1992), I present data from Hungarian where obviation in certain subjunctives is plainly lifted, and data where obviation occurs in indicatives. I argue that obviation is not the result of competition with another construction, and point to promising potential accounts in terms of a clash in semantics or pragmatics. My aim is to contribute desiderata for a theory of obviation and exemptions from obviation in fairly informal terms.
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keywords: hungarian, obviation, blocking, subjunctive, infinitive, indicative, responsibility, direct experience, speech acts, semantics, syntax
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