This paper claims that Hungarian allows generic inclusive subjects to be null only if they have a generic inclusive antecedent in an adjacent clause. This distinguishes Hungarian from all the other types of Null Subject Languages (NSLs) identified by Roberts and Holmberg (2010). The generic inclusive lexical az emberGEN 'the man' is a first person-oriented genericity-inducing lexical item that always receives widest scope interpretation, just like English one. The generic inclusive null subject, proGEN, on the other hand, is an anaphor that requires a generic inclusive antecedent, as does English oneself (Moltmann 2006, 2010, 2012). A similar duality is observed with PROGEN, the silent counterpart of generic inclusive one in non-finite clauses.
Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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