HATNÉK-nominalization: Two subtypes of a highly verbal Hungarian deverbal nominalization

Gábor Alberti, J. Farkas, Veronika Szabó

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The paper discusses two subtypes of a special kind of Hungarian deverbal nominalization, "HATNÉK-nominalization", whose derivational suffix -hAtnék coincides with a sequence of the following three verbal suffixes: (i) the permissive modal suffix -hAt 'can', (ii) the conditional suffix -né-, and (iii) a number-person suffix -k. Within the system of Hungarian deverbal nominalizations, a very high degree of verbalness is typical of both HATNÉK-noun subtypes, of which we attribute a Giusti-style split-DP structure to the basic type, while the other, special, subtype is argued to have an exceptional structure with an "unboundedly expandable" (Spec,NP) position, capable of hosting huge verbal "inclusions".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-190
Number of pages22
JournalActa Linguistica Academica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Cartographic generative syntax
  • Deverbal nominals
  • Hungarian
  • Split-DP hypothesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies

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