ERIC Number: ED055468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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On a Surface Structure Constraint in Hungarian.
It is possible to apply the concept of surface-structure constraint to a particular area of Hungarian syntax. A surface-structure constraint, according to David Perlmutter, can be seen as a template which serves as a filter at some level after the transformational component. In the case of Hungarian cooccurrence of noun phrases and verbs in a clause, the constraint operates after the input to the phonological component and determines whether a sentence will be grammatical or not. The constraint declares that, if a clause contains an indefinite noun phrase in the accusative case and a finite verb, the verb has to be in the indefinite conjugation. The constraint operates in addition to the verb-object agreement rule. A similar constraint seems to be operative also in English. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.