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Reanalysis in Hungarian comparative subclauses

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Abstract

My paper presents a diachronic study of the Left Periphery of Hungarian comparative subclauses, primarily focussing on the development of the complementisers and the operator. Adopting a cartographic approach, I will show that there were two main interrelated processes at work in the development of these subclauses, changing the initial configuration of <i>hogy</i> &#8216;that&#8217; as a complementiser to a new one having <i>mint</i> &#8216;than&#8217; as a C head, possibly followed by an overt operator. These two processes involve the reanalysis of <i>mint</i> from an operator to a complementiser by way of the relative cycle, and the appearance of new overt comparative operators due to a change in the deletion of the operator (Comparative Deletion).

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