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      Obviation in Hungarian: what is its scope, and is it due to competition?

      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
      Ubiquity Press, Ltd.

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          According to the classical description of obviation, the subject of a subjunctive is disjoint in reference from the attitude-holder subject of the immediately higher clause. *Je veux que  je  parte.  I   want  that I   leave.SUBJ  ‘I want for me to leave’ Inspired by Ruwet (1984/1991) and Farkas (1988; 1992), I present data from Hungarian where obviation in certain subjunctives is plainly lifted, and data where obviation occurs in indicatives. I argue that obviation is not the result of competition with another construction, and point to promising potential accounts in terms of a clash in semantics or pragmatics. My aim is to contribute desiderata for a theory of obviation and exemptions from obviation in fairly informal terms.

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                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press, Ltd.
                2397-1835
                April 26 2021
                April 26 2021
                2021
                April 26 2021
                April 26 2021
                2021
                : 6
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                10.5334/gjgl.1421
                7715e9a3-7777-4c5b-8dec-83d029fae343
                © 2021

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