Focussing properties, or the trap of first order

Anna Szabolcsi

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    A proposal for the focussing of term phrases in Hungarian is tested against the case of ‘bare singulars’ – which, at the first sight, appear impossible to accomodate. An alternative derivation is suggested for their case, according to which those sentences actually have the common noun part of a split term phrase in focus. It is argued that a general, compositional treatment of the relevant examples can only be given in a second order context dependent framework.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)125-146
    Number of pages22
    JournalTheoretical Linguistics
    Issue number1-3
    StatePublished - 1983

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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