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Hungarian syntax. With the eyes of a linguist.

I found an interesting article for Hungarian readers. Above all, just a few thoughts:

  • The main issue of the Hungarian syntax is the word order.
  • The traditional syntactic analysis does not seem appropriate for describing the Hungarian syntax, because the Hungarian word order is managed not by formal rules but by logical rules.
  • Instead of subject, verb, object, use the topic-comment concepts.
  • There is a huge gap between academic linguistics and language teaching (see Chomsky's generative grammar).
  • Teaching Hungarian is just as problematic as teaching Hungarian grammar in the primary school in Hungary.
  • The textbook authors are embarrassed to avoid these issues.

LASSAN MEGÉRTJÜK A MAGYAR MONDATTANT – VAGY LASSAN ÉRTJÜK MEG?

August 2, 2019

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Papualaisooppera

The better name for Chomsky's grammar would be "language without mind". Hence the huge gap.

August 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fioninquo

I think we can't use our language correctly either.. :D But yeah, the grammar is very difficult for us especially in the primary school.

August 13, 2019
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