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Definiteness Effect Verbs

  • Christopher Pinñoán
Part of the Studies In Natural Language And Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 68)

Hungarian has a sizable class of verbs that exhibit a so-called definiteness effect (DE). The verbs belonging to this class (DE-verbs) display certain properties that clearly distinguish them from related verbs with similar lexical content. Descriptively, DEverbs are verbs of change which express that something comes into existence or becomes available in a particular fashion. The aim of any account of DE-verbs in Hungarian should be to make this sort of characterization more precise, because not every verb of change which expresses that something comes into existence or becomes available in a particular fashion is a DE-verb. In this section, I will discuss three general prohibitions that DE-verbs exhibit before turning to my account of them in section 2.

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