Coding of the causee in transitive constructions (Hungarian)

TrCeeInstr: The causee appears in the instrumental case.

(1) a fiú könyv-et olvas.

the boy book-acc read.prs.3sg

‘The boy is reading a book.’

(2) a tanár könyv-et olvas-tat a fiú-val.

the teacher book-acc read-caus.prs.3sg the boy-ins

‘The teacher makes the boy read a book.’

In Hungarian, morphological causation is coded with the -­at/-­et, ­-tat/-tet derivational suffixes (Keszler 2000a: 307‒320). The causee is marked with the instrumental case in the causative construction, while the causer takes the nominative (É. Kiss 2002: 36‒37).


Nikolett F. Gulyás