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Selected Publications



A Textbook in English Syntax (university textbook), Tankönyvkiadó, Budapest, 1983, 204pp (ed.; 2nd revised edition: Tankönyvkiadó, 1989; fully revised 3rd edition: Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó, 1995; 311pp).

Hungarian: Descriptive Grammars Series, Routledge, London, 1998, 472pp  (pp. 1-190, 351-381, 454-467; co-authors: Robert Vago [Chpt. 3] and Anna Fenyvesi [Chpt. 2.1.]).

Crossing Boundaries: Advances in the Theory of Central and Eastern European Languages, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1999, 301pp (ed.).

Perspectives on Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse: A Festschrift for Ferenc Kiefer, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2001, 384pp (co-editor: R.M. Harnish).

Argument structure in Hungarian, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2001, 247pp (ed., author).

A nyelv és a nyelvek [Languages and Language], Gondolat, Budapest, 1984, 284pp (ed., author); 5th revised and enlarged edition, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest., 2004, 281pp

A nyelv és a nyelvek (ed., author); 6th revised and enlarged edition, Akadémiai Kiadó, Bp., 2011, 425pp.



Approaches to Hungarian, John Benjamins, Amsterdam (formerly with JATE and JATEPress, Szeged, later with Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest)

LingDok [collections of refereed papers in Hungarian by PhD students from all PhD programs in linguistics and related fields in Hungary], Vols. 1-8 (2000-), JATEPress, Szeged.

Általános Nyelvészeti Tanulmányok [General Linguistics Studies], Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest (editor-in-chief since 2009).

Comprehensive Grammar Resources Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam (with Henk van Riemsdijk).



"Transformations of generative grammar," Computational Linguistics and Computer Languages 13. (1979), 57‑87.

"Sentence embedding in English and Hungarian," in L. Dezső and W. Nemser (eds.), Studies in English and Hungarian Contrastive Linguistics, Akadémiai, Budapest, 1980, 177‑205.

"Types and strategies in relative clause formation,"  Papers in English and American Studies 1. (1980), 71‑84.

"Traces and truths of relative constructions," Acta Linguistica Hungarica 31. (1981), 137‑146.

"Revisiting wh‑movement," Papers in English and American Studies 2. (1982), 5‑44.

"The reincarnation of raising," in F. Kiefer (ed.), Hungarian Linguistics, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1982, 269‑292.

"Word order in Hungarian complex sentences," Linguistic Inquiry 15. (1984), 328‑342.

"On what really figures in a non‑configurational language," Groninger Arbeiten zur germanistischen Linguistik, 24. (1984), 28‑54.

"Subordinate clauses: Types and structures," in I. Kenesei (ed.) Approaches to Hungarian, Vol. 1, JATE, Szeged, 1985, 141‑165.

"On the logic of word order in Hungarian," in W. Abraham and S. de Mey (eds.), Topic, Focus and Configurationality, J. Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1986, 143‑159.

"On the role of the agreement morpheme in Hungarian," Acta Linguistica Hungarica 36. (1986), 109-120.

"On the role of grammatical levels in pronominal binding," in: I. Kenesei (ed.), Approaches to Hungarian, Vol. 2., JATE, Szeged, 1987.

"The interface between phonology and other components of grammar," Phonology 4. (1987), 243‑263 (co-author: Irene Vogel).

"Prosodic phonology in Hungarian," Acta Linguistica Hungarica 39. (1989), 149-193 (co-author: Irene Vogel).

"On pronominal binding in Hungarian," in: L.K. Marácz and P. Muysken (eds.), Configurationality: The typology of asymmetries, Foris, Dordrecht, 1989, 223-236.

"Syntax and semantics in phonology," in: D. Zec & Sh. Inkelas (ed.), The Phonology‑Syntax Connection, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1990, pp. 339-363 (co-author: Irene Vogel).

"Finno-Ugric and Turkish," in: N. Vincent (ed.), Complement Structures in the Languages of Europe: Some Preliminary Surveys (EUROTYP Working Paper III/1), European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, 1991.

"On Hungarian Complementizers," in: I. Kenesei and Cs. Pléh (eds.), Approaches to Hungarian, Vol. 4, JATE, Szeged, 1992, pp. 37-50.

"Functional categories in Finno-Ugric," in: K. Börjars and N. Vincent (eds.), Complement Structures in the Languages of Europe (EUROTYP Working Paper III/3), ESF, Strasbourg, 1992, pp. 22-42.

"Infinitival complements and related non-finite clauses in Finnish and Hungarian," in: N. Vincent and K. Borjars (eds.), Complement Structures in the Languages of Europe (EUROTYP Working Paper III/4), ESF, Strasbourg, 1993, pp. 45-65.

"On the syntactic options of focus,"  MS, University of Delaware, Newark, és JATE, Szeged (1993-97).

"Complementation in Finno-Ugric," in: N. Vincent (ed.) Complementation in the Languages of Europe, Kluwer, Dordrecht (accepted for publication in the Eurotyp series) (1994).

"Functional Categories in Complementation," in N. Vincent (ed.), Complementation in the Languages of Europe, Kluwer. Dordrecht (accepted for publication in the Eurotyp series; co-author: Jon Ortiz de Urbina) (1994).

"Subordinate clauses," in: F. Kiefer and K.É. Kiss (eds.), The Syntactic Structure of Hungarian, Academic Press, San Diego, 1994, pp. 275-354.

"Focus and phonological structure," MS, University of Delaware, Newark (co-author: Irene Vogel) 54pp. (1995)

"On bracketing paradoxes in Hungarian," ALH 43. (1995/96), 153-173.

"On the interaction of syntax and morphology in Hungarian," University of Venice Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 6, no. 1, Venezia, 1996, pp. 97-112.

"Adjuncts and arguments in VP-focus," ALH 45. (1998), 61-88.

"Criteria for auxiliaries in Hungarian," in: Christopher Piñón and Péter Siptár (eds.), Approaches to Hungarian, Vol. 9, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2005,  pp. 73-106 (2001).

"Nonfinite clauses in derived nominals," in: Christopher Piñón and Péter Siptár (eds.), Approaches to Hungarian, Vol. 9, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2005,  pp. 161-186.

"Hungarian in focus” (review article),  Journal of Linguistics  41/2 (2005), pp. 409-435. (2003).

"Why indefinite pronouns are different", in: Organizing grammar: Linguistic studies for Henk van Riemsdijk, ed. by Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver, Riny Huybregts, Ursula Kleinhenz and Jan Koster, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin – New York, 2005, 310-318.

"Focus as identification," in: Valéria Molnár and Susanne Winkler (eds.), The architecture of Focus, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin – New York, 2006, 137-168.

"Semiwords and Affixoids: The Territory Between Word and Affix" in ALH 54. (2007), 263-293.

"Hungarian as a pluricentric language", 5pp + 24 slides (2007)

"Quantifiers, negation, and focus on the left periphery in Hungarian", Lingua 119 (2009), 564-591 (2006) (

"Chomsky's century" in: Zoltán Vajda (ed.), Within and without culture: Essays in honor of Bálint Rozsnyai, JATEPress, Szeged, 2009, 155-162.

"Negation in syntactic dialects in Hungarian" in: Johan Brandtler, David Håkansson, Stefan Huber and Eva Klingvall (eds.), Discourse & Grammar. A Festschrift in Honor of Valéria Molnár. 2012. Lund: Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, pp. 373-386

The Role of Creativity in the Cognitive Turn in Linguistics. International Review of Pragmatics Volume 5, Issue 2, 2013, pp. 271– 292.

On a multifunctional derivational affix: Its use in relational adjectives or nominal modification, and phrasal affixation in Hungarian. Word Structure 7.2 (2014), 214-239, DOI: 10.3366/word.2014.0066

"K. É. Kiss (ed.), The evolution of functional left peripheries in Hungarian syntax" To appear in Language (co-author: Lipták Anikó).

Passive potential affixation: syntax or lexicon? Acta Linguistica Academica Vol. 64 (2017) 1, 45–77 DOI: 10.1556/2062.2017.64.1.2 (co-author: Anikó Lipták). [open access]

On the definition of word classes (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34114.27842)



How Many Word-Classes Are There After All? Talk presented at the 14th International Morpholpgy Meeting, Budapest, May 13-16, 2010.

The End of Dichotomies? Talk given at the Beyond Dichotomies Conference Budapest, 25-26 October, 2010



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