This volume contains papers on Hungarian general linguistics. `Hungarian' here means that the work of these authors either centers around the Hungarian language or has close ties to present-day Hungarian linguistics, or both. Topics include: philosophy of language, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, history of (Hungarian) linguistics, phonology, syntax, typology.
1. Introduction; 2. On the reconstruction of proto-meanings (by Bakro-Nagy, Marianne); 3. He is only joking (Joke, metaphor and language development) (by Fonagy, Ivan); 4. On the syntax of the negative auxiliary in Samoyed (by Hajdu, Peter); 5. Non-applicability as a test for category definitions (by Hetzron, Robert); 6. Intransitive-transitive derivational suffixes in Hungarian (by Karoly, Sandor); 7. Lukacs's ideas on language (by Kelemen, Janos); 8. The reincarnation of raising (or how to raise NPs without a raising rule) (by Kenesei, Istvan); 9. The aspectual system of Hungarian (by Kiefer, Ferenc); 10. Samuel Brassai's theory of the sentence (by Kiss, Katalin E.); 11. Deep structure cases reinterpreted (by Komlosy, Andras); 12. Existential relations in "hogy"-sentences in Hungarian (by Molnar, Ilona); 13. Foreign language environment and linguistic change: two examples (by Papp, Ferenc); 14. Subject and topic in Hungarian: some psycholinguistic evidence to increase the confusion (by Pleh, Csaba); 15. Affixed person-marking paradigms: a history and typology (by Radics, Katalin); 16. Model theoretic semantics of performatives (by Szabolcsi, Anna); 17. On the formation of the concept of 'linguistic sign' and on Stoic language doctrine (by Telegdi, Zsigmond); 18. Abstract /w/ in Hungarian (by Vago, Robert M.)