My name is András Bárány ['ɒndraːʃ 'baːraːɲ]. Since September 2019, I am a post-doc at Leiden University, working on a project on ditransitive constructions awarded through the LEaDing Fellows programme, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND programme, funded in part by the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
I was, until recently, a post-doctoral researcher and later research associate at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, working on Irina Nikolaeva's AHRC-funded project Prominent Possessors (see also here).
My monograph titled Person, Case, and Agreement: The morphosyntax of inverse agreement and global case splits was published in late 2017 with Oxford University Press. It provides a novel analysis of differential object agreement in Hungarian and discusses its relation to inverse agreement and global case splits in other languages, and what these phenomena can tell us about case-marking and agreement. You can find some more information about the book here.
I did my PhD in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, as a member of the ReCoS project. ReCoS dealt with comparative syntax and the notion of parameters.
In my PhD dissertation, Differential object marking in Hungarian and the morphosyntax of case and agreement, I explored the cross-linguistic variation of different phenomena relating to agreement and case-marking in a number of languages, including differential object marking (DOM, see Wikipedia), inverse agreement, and global case splits.
After finishing my PhD I spent a year at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, as part of a group studying syntactic change in Uralic languages (under PI Katalin É. Kiss).
You can access my full CV here (February 2020).
Case and agreement in ditransitive constructions
Since September 2019, I am a post-doc at Leiden University, working on a project on ditransitive constructions awarded through the LEaDing Fellows programme, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND programme, funded in part by the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
I'll be using a so-called “typological gap”, that is a type of language we can describe but that is not found anywhere in the world, to study variation in the expression of case and agreement in ditransitive constructions. You can find more about the project here.
From 2017 to 2018, I was a member of the AHRC-funded project Prominent Possessors at SOAS University of London and worked with Irina Nikolaeva (PI), Oliver Bond, and Greville Corbett.
The project dealt with possessive constructions in which a noun phrase-internal possessor behaves as if it were external to the noun phrase, for example with respect to agreement or switch-reference.
Download the pre-print version of Chapter 4, "Agreement and global case splits".
Journal articles and book chapterst.a.
“On adjoined possessors” (with Irina Nikolaeva). To appear in Linguistic Inquiry. DOI: 10.1162/ling_a_00370
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“Possessive and non-identity relations in Turkic switch-reference” (with Irina Nikolaeva). To appear in Studies in Language.
Download the pre-print version.2019
“Possessors in switch-reference” (with Irina Nikolaeva). Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 4(1), 81. DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.865
“Towards a typology of prominent internal possessors” (with Irina Nikolaeva and Oliver Bond). In Prominent internal possessors, ed. by András Bárány, Oliver Bond, and Irina Nikolaeva. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1–38.
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“Proximate possessors” (with Irina Nikolaeva). In Prominent internal possessors, ed. by András Bárány, Oliver Bond, and Irina Nikolaeva. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 228–258.
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2018 “DOM and dative case”. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3(1), 97. DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.639
“Differential object marking in Uralic”. To appear in Uralic Syntax, ed. by Anne Vainikka & Anne Tamm, Cambridge University Press.
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2015 “Inverse agreement and Hungarian verb paradigms”. In Approaches to Hungarian. Vol. 14: Papers from the 2013 Piliscsaba Conference, ed. by Katalin É. Kiss, Katalin, Balázs Surányi and Éva Dékány. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 37–65. DOI: 10.1075/atoh.14.02bar
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Differential object marking in Hungarian and the morphosyntax of case and agreement, University of Cambridge
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Refereed conference proceedings
“Hungarian object agreement with personal pronouns”. In:
Steindl, Ulrike et al. (eds),
Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast
Conference in Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 32). Somervile, MA:
Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 208-217.
2014 “What triggers the Hungarian objective paradigm? A structural and feature-based account”. In Kohlberger, Martin, Kate Bellamy & Eleanor Dutton (eds.), ConSOLE XXI: Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (8-10 January 2013, Potsdam), 21-44.
2012 “Hungarian conjugations and differential object marking”. In Surányi, Balázs and Diána Varga (eds.), Proceedings of the First Central European Conference of Postgraduate Students, Piliscsaba: Pázmány Péter Catholic University, 3-25.
2014 Review of Objects and information structure Mary Dalrymple and Irina Nikolaeva (CUP, Cambridge, 2011). Acta Linguistica Hungarica 61, 236-243. DOI: 10.1556/ALing.61.2014.2.4
Syntax, introduction to Lexical Functional Grammar, in term 1 of 2017/2018.
I taught Linguistic Typology for BA and MA students at SOAS in term 2 of 2017/2018. If you're a SOAS student, you can access some information through Moodle.
EGG 2017, Olomouc2017
I taught two syntax courses and part of a mini-workshop on LaTeX at the 2017 EGG in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
All course materials can be found here.
I taught Linguistic Typology for BA and MA students at SOAS in term 2 of 2016/2017. If you're a SOAS student, you can access some information through Moodle.
See my CV for a full list of presentations.2019
Case and agreement in ditransitive constructions, Invited talk at Generative Grammatik des Südens (GGS) 45, 19 July 2019
When dependent case is not enough (with Michelle Sheehan), Talk at GLOW 42, University of Oslo, 9 May 2019; Handout available here
When dependent case is not enough (with Michelle Sheehan), Talk at CamCoS 8, University of Cambridge, 2 May 2019; Handout available here
2018 Possessors in switch-reference (based on work with Irina Nikolaeva), Invited talk at the General Linguistics Seminar, University of Oxford, 11 November 2019; See the published paper here
Object agreement in ditransitive constructions, Invited talk at Multiple Agreement across Domains (MAD), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Berlin, 9 November 2018; Handout available here
The syntax of noun phrase internal lexical possessors in Tundra Nenets (with Irina Nikolaeva), Talk at NELS 49, Cornell University, 5 October 2018; Handout available here
Towards a Typology of Prominent Internal Possessors (with Oliver Bond, Greville G. Corbett, and Irina Nikolaeva), Talk at the 40th conference of the German Association of Linguistics (DGfS), 9 March, Stuttgart, Germany
2017 Possessors in switch-reference (with Irina Nikolaeva), Talk at the 12th Conference of the Association of Linguistic Typology (ALT), 12 December, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Budapestet készülöm meglátogatni: Issues in Hungarian long-distance agreement, Talk at the 13th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian, 30 June, Budapest, Hungary
Prominent Internal Possessors as Proximate Possessors (with Irina Nikolaeva), Talk at Syntax Of Uralic Languages (SOUL), 28 June, Budapest, Hungary
Global case splits, agreement, and dependent case, Talk at UCL, 2 June, London, UK
2016 The Interaction(s) of Case and Agreement, Talk at the CamCoS 5 pre-session, 5 May, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
DOM and dative: morphology or syntax?, Invited talk at SyntaxLab, 27 April, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Object Agreement in Hungarian: Person features, syntax and morphology, Talk at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1 March, Budapest, Hungary
A unified approach to inverse agreement and global case splits, Invited talk at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leipzig, 15 January, Leipzig, Germany
Deriving case and agreement alignment in monotransitive and ditransitive constructions, Invited talk at Inalco, 8 January, Paris
2015 (with Ádám Szalontai) Agreement with possessed direct objects in Hungarian: An experimental approach, Talk given at SinFonIJA 8, University of Ljubljana, 25 September, Ljlubljana, Slovenia
Dissociating Case and Agree, Talk given at a themed session on Differential marking, Case and agreement, at the 48th Annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leiden University, 2 September, Leiden, The Netherlands
DOM and datives in Uralic and beyond, Talk given at the 12th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, University of Oulu, 18 August, Oulu, Finland
Inverse agreement, global case splits, and the distribution of φ-probes, Talk given at the ReCoS workshop in Arezzo, 17 June 2015, Arezzo, Italy
An Agree-based approach to variation in differential object marking, Talk given at the CamCoS 4 pre-session, 7 May 2015, University of Cambridge
Case ♡ Agree: do they belong together?, Talk given at the 3rd Cambridge-York Comparative Syntax workshop (CoSy 3), 24 January 2015, University of Cambridge
Syntactic Aspects of differential object marking in Hungarian, Invited talk at the University of Bielefeld, 14 January 2015
Object agreement with free and bound pronouns, Talk given at “Interactions between syntax and semantics across frameworks”, Syntax Cluster Event, 8 January 2015, University of Cambridge
2014 Why semantics isn’t enough: syntactic aspects of Hungarian object agreement, Talk given at the Linguistischer Arbeitskreis (LAK), 16 July 2014, University of Cologne, Germany
Inverse agreement and Hungarian object agreement. Paper presented at WCCFL 32, University of Southern California, 9 March 2014
2013 Differential object marking and inverse agreement in Hungarian. Paper presented at the 1st UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics, University College London, 8 November 2013
(with Michelle Sheehan and Alison Biggs) Introduction to the Workshop on Differential subject marking and ergative phenomena at the 46th Annual Meeting of the SLE. University of Split, 20 September 2013
See this page for slides and more details on the workshop.
The Hungarian objective paradigm, Inverse Agreement, and possessive NPs. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH 11), Pázmány Péter Catholic University, 31 August 2013
Non-specific indefinites and Hungarian verb paradigms. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Syntax—Information Structure Interface in Finno-Ugric at Grammar and Context 2013, University of Tartu, 6 June 2013
Differential object marking in Hungarian and the nature of variation in DOM. Paper presented at the Tromsø Workshop on Differential object marking, University of Tromsø, 24 May 2013
What triggers the Hungarian objective paradigm? Paper presented at ConSOLE XXI, University of Potsdam, 9 January 2013
Differential object marking in Hungarian?
Poster presented at the 1st Central European Conference in Linguistics for Graduate
Students, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, 29-30 August 2011
German discourse particles and the structure
of context. Paper presented at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 14 December 2010
Haben Sie auch nichts vergessen? German discourse
particles in declaratives and interrogatives (in German).
Paper presented at the colloquium “Satztypen des Deutschen im Vergleich” [German
sentence types in comparison], Department of German Studies, Eötvös Loránd
Tudományegyetem, Budapest, 3 November 2010
The German discourse particles
ja and doch (in German). Paper presented at the 37th Austrian
Linguistics Conference (ÖLT), University of Salzburg, 5-7 December 2009
The German discourse particles
ja, doch and wohl
(in German). Paper presented at the 2nd Austrian student conference in linguistics
(ÖSKL), University of Vienna, 21-22 November 2009
I wrote my master's thesis in Finno-Ugric linguistics about the relation between differential object marking and Hungarian conjugations.
2012 On the relation between Hungarian verb paradigms and differential object marking. Master's thesis, University of Vienna. Available here: http://othes.univie.ac.at/18778/
My diploma thesis in General Linguistics is about the German discourse particles ja, doch and wohl.
2009 Form and interpretation of the German discourse particles ja, doch and wohl. Diploma thesis, University of Vienna. Available here: http://othes.univie.ac.at/7532/
Outreach and related work
Since 2014, I've been a contributor to the Hungarian course for English speakers on duolingo.
The Language of Light — how we imitate light with sounds, Blog post on CamLangSci, a linguistics blog run by Cambridge PhD students.
The language of light! Talk for a general audience at the University of Cambridge Science Festival, 13 March 2015, Cambridge.
Differential object marking, Talk for a general scientific audience held at Downing College MCR Seminar night, 4 February 2015, Downing College, Cambridge.
With ReCoS, I participated in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a series of events during which members of the university present their research to a general audience.2013
Workshop “Frontiers of Linguistic Fieldwork” with Jenneke van der Wal. Cambridge, 27 October 2013.
In this hour-long workshop, we gave the audience puzzles dealing with object agreement and had them figure out how to make linguistic hypotheses and change them when confronted with new (and contradicting) data.
“Linquiztics” (linguistics quiz,
organised with ReCoS). Cambridge, 26 October 2013.
“Linquiztics” (linguistics quiz,
organised with ReCoS). Cambridge, 27 October 2012.