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Internal reconstruction in Hungarian

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An internal reconstruction of Hungarian based mostly on the morphophonemic alternations of the modern language yields dramatically different results from those obtained from a purely synchronic approach to the same data. This article presents such a reconstruction and argues that the striking contrast between the forms and processes it entails and those favored by a synchronic analysis demonstrates the need to give performance (parole) at least as much consideration as competence (langue) in the study of language history.
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Keywords: Hungarian; competence; internal reconstruction; morphophonemic alternations; performance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Ohio State University

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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