Marking of function R on nouns (Hungarian)

RAff: The function R is marked with the use of an affix (prefix or suffix).

(1) ad-ok a testvér-em-nek egy csoki-t.

give-prs.1sg the sibling-1sg-dat a chocolate-acc

‘I’m giving a chocolate to my sister/brother.’

In the Hungarian nominal ditransitive construction, the agent, the object and the recipient are coded by different case endings. The agent is unmarked, the object takes the -t accusative suffix, while the recipient is marked by the -nak/-nek dative case ending (cf. Kenesei et al. 1998: 70‒71, 288).


Nikolett F. Gulyás