Word order of numeral constructions (Hungarian)

NumN: The numeral precedes the noun or NP; numeral classifiers are not required.

(1) három kövér pocok van a kert-ben.

three fat mole be.prs.3sg the garden-ine

’There are three fat moles in the garden.’

(2) négy okos kutyá-m van.

four smart dog-1sg be.prs.3sg

’I have four smart dogs.’

In Hungarian, the numeral (just like other noun modifiers) typically precedes the noun or the noun phrase (cf. Balogh 2000b: 444‒446, 452‒458).


Nikolett F. Gulyás