ELTE BTK Magyar Nyelvtudományi és Finnugor Intézet

Haader, Lea (Budapest)

nyomtatható változat

The interaction of pragmatics and grammar in Old and Middle Hungarian

When conducting research on historical syntax, it seems evident that certain linguistic categories can be coded in different ways, and the possibility and number of variants depend on the relationship between the given linguistic category and the grammatical system. Regarding syntax, the choice between the possible variants is determined by pragmatic factors in the majority of cases. In historical research, one possible manifestation of a bundle of pragmatic features is the text type itself, which may prefer certain syntactic variants and hence these appear in a given text type relatively frequently. On the other hand, language use can also trigger syntactic changes, which may lead to the emergence of further variants, proving the integration of language use and grammar. The presentation aims at illustrating these facts by analyzing certain Old and Middle Hungarian grammatical changes which were presumably pragmatically conditioned.

In Hungarian.