Selected Publications

Anna Szabolcsi
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2010   Quantification. 264 pages. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
2000   Verbal Complexes. 245 pages. Cambridge, MIT Press. (with Hilda Koopman)
1997   Ways of Scope Taking. (ed.) 450 pages. Dordrecht, Kluwer.
1992   Lexical Matters. (ed.) 328 pages. Stanford, Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) Publications. (with Ivan A. Sag)
1992   A birtokos szerkezet és az egzisztenciális mondatok [=The Possessive Construction and Existential Sentences], 163 pages. Budapest, Akadémiai.


2023     “Cross-linguistic insights in the theory of semantics and its interface with syntax”. Submitted.

2021    “Obviation in Hungarian: What is its scope, and is it due to competition?”. Glossa 6(1), #57.

2018   “Two types of quantifier particles: Quantifier-phrase internal vs. heads on the clausal spine”.  Glossa 3(1), #69.
2018   “Strict and non-strict negative concord in Hungarian: a unified analysis”. In Bartos, den Dikken, Banreti & Varadi (eds.),  Boundaries Crossed…, 227-242. Springer.
2015   “What do quantifier particles do?” Linguistics and Philosophy 38: 159-204.
2014   “Quantifier words and their multi-functional(?) parts”. Language and Linguistics 15/1: 115-155. (with James Doh Whang and Vera Zu).
2014   “Quantification and ACD: What is evidence from real-time processing evidence for? A response to Hackl et al. (2012)”. Journal of Semantics 31: 135-145.
2012   “Quantification in Hungarian”. Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language, ed. by Keenan and Paperno. Springer, pp. 399-467 (with Aniko Csirmaz).
2011   “Scope and binding”. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Vol. 2, ed. by Maienborn, von Heusinger, and Portner. de Gruyter, pp. 1605-1641.

2009   “Overt nominative subjects in infinitival complements in Hungarian”.  Approaches to Hungarian 11, ed. by den Dikken and Vago. John Benjamins, pp. 251-276.
2008   “The effect of negative polarity items on inference verification”. Journal of Semantics 25/4: 411-450 (with Lewis Bott and Brian McElree).
2008   “Optionality, scope, and licensing: An application of partially ordered categories”.  Journal of Logic, Language and Information 17/3: 237-283 (with Raffaella Bernardi).
2006   “Strong vs. weak islands.” The Blackwell Companion to Syntax, ed. by Everaert and van Riemsdijk. vol.4, pp. 479-532.
2004   “Conjunction meets negation: A study in cross-linguistic variation.” Journal of Semantics  21/3: 219-249. (with Bill Haddican).
2004   “Positive polarity — negative polarity”. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 22/2: 409-452.
2003   “Binding on the fly: Cross-sentential anaphora in variable-free semantics.”  Resource-sensitivity in Binding and Anaphora, ed. by Kruijff and Oehrle. Kluwer, 215-229.
2003   “Overt scope in Hungarian”. Syntax 6/1: 19-51. (with Michael Brody)
2002   “Hungarian disjunctions and positive polarity.” Approaches to Hungarian 8, ed. by Kenesei and Siptár. Akadémiai, 217-241.

2000   “The syntax of scope”. Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory, ed. by Baltin and Collins. Blackwell, 607-634.
2000   “Semantics I-II-III.” Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory, ed. by Fromkin.  Blackwell, 369-475. (with Edward Stabler)
1997   “Background notions in lattice theory and generalized quantifiers.”  Ways of Scope Taking, ed. by Szabolcsi. Kluwer, 1-29. Kluwer.
1997   “Variation, distributivity, and the illusion of branching.” Ways of Scope Taking, ed. by Szabolcsi. Kluwer, 29-71. (with Filippo Beghelli and Dorit Ben-Shalom)
1997   “Strategies for scope taking.” Ways of Scope Taking, ed. by Szabolcsi. Kluwer, 109-155. Reprinted in Semantics: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Vol. II, ed. by Gutierrez-Rexach. Routledge, 2003.
1997   “Quantifiers in pair-list readings.” Ways of Scope Taking, ed. by Szabolcsi.  Kluwer. 311-349.
1994   “The noun phrase.” The Syntactic Structure of Hungarian. Syntax and Semantics 27, ed. by Kiefer and Kiss. Academic Press. 179-275.
1993   “Weak islands and an algebraic semantics for scope taking.” Natural Language Semantics 1: 235-285. Reprinted in Ways of Scope Taking. (with Frans Zwarts)
1992   “Subject suppression or lexical PRO? The case of derived nominals in Hungarian.”  Lingua 86: 149-176.
1992 “Combinatory grammar and projection from the lexicon.” Lexical Matters. CSLI Lecture Notes 24, ed. by Sag and Szabolcsi. Stanford, CSLI Publications. 241-269.

1989   “Bound variables in syntax (are there any?).” Semantics and Contextual Expression, ed. by Bartsch, van Benthem, and van Emde Boas. Foris, 294-318.
1986   “Comparative superlatives.” Papers in Theoretical Linguistics. MIT WPL 8, ed. by Fukui,  Rapoport and Sagey. 245-266.
1986   “Indefinites in complex predicates.” Theoretical Linguistic Research 2: 47-84.
1986   “From the definiteness effect to lexical integrity. ” Topic, Focus, and Configurationality,  ed. by Abraham and de Meij. John Benjamins. 321-348.
1983   “The possessor that ran away from home.” The Linguistic Review 3: 89-102.
1983   “Focussing properties, or the trap of first order.” Theoretical Linguistics 10: 125-146.
1982   “Model theoretic semantics for performatives.” Hungarian General Linguistics, ed. by Kiefer. John Benjamins. 515-536.
1981   “The possessive construction in Hungarian: a configurational category in a non-configurational language.” Acta Linguistica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 31: 161-189.
1981   “Compositionality in focus.” Folia Linguistica Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae 15: 141-162.
1980   “Review of Guenthner & Schmidt, eds., Formal Semantics and Pragmatics for Natural Languages.” Journal of Pragmatics 4: 193-200. pdf
1979   “How to do things with model theoretic semantics.” Computational Linguistics and Computer Languages pdf (with Tamas Gergely)
1976   “On a grammatical aspect of Ostyak parallelism.” Language Sciences 41 (August): 17-18. pdf

Conference Proceedings and Working Papers

2019   “Unconditionals and free choice unified”. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 29. online
2017   “Additive presuppositions are derived through activating focus alternatives”. 21st Amsterdam Colloquium. online
2016   “Direct vs. indirect disjunction of wh-complements, as diagnosed by subordinating complementizers”. online
2013   “Quantifier particles and compositionality. ” 19th Amsterdam Colloquiumonline
2013   “Presuppositional TOO, postsuppositional TOO”. Festschrift for J. Groenendijk, M. Stokhof, and F. Veltmanonline (with Adrian Brasoveanu)
2012   “Compositionality without word boundaries: (the) more and (the) most. ” Semantics and Linguistic Theory 22. online
2011   “Certain verbs are syntactically explicit quantifiers.” Formal Semantics and Pragmatics. Discourse, Context and Modelsonline
2009   “Overt nominative subjects in infinitival complements cross-linguistically. Data, diagnostics, and preliminary analyses”. NYU Working Papers in Linguistics 2online
2007   “Do negative polarity items facilitate the processing of decreasing inferences?” 16th Amsterdam Colloquium. online
2007   “Questions about proof theory via-a-vis natural language semantics”. ESSLLI CD. online
2001   “Overt scope, with and without movement,” in M. Cristina Cuervo, Daniel Harbour, Ken Hiraiwa and Shinichiro Ishihara, eds., Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 3, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 41. 235-250. (with Michael Brody)
1997   “Reconstruction, cross-sentential anaphora, and pronouns as identity maps.” 11th Amsterdam Colloquium. 289-295.
1996   “On modes of operation.” 10th Amsterdam Colloquium. 651-669.
1994   “Quantifiers in pair-list questions and the non-uniformity of quantification.” 9th Amsterdam Colloquium. 645-665.
1994   “All quantifiers are not equal: the case of focus.” 5th Symposium on Logic and Language. Special issue of Acta Linguistica Hungarica 42-43: 171-187.
1994   “Scope interactions with pair-list readings.” 24th Northeast Linguistic Society (NELS). 381-395. (with Friederike Moltmann)
1994   “When do subjects and objects exhibit a branching reading?” 12th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). 501-516. (with Filippo Beghelli and Dorit Ben-Shalom)
1992   “Weak islands, individuals, and scope.” Second Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT), ed. by Barker and Dowty. OSU WPL 40. Columbus, Ohio, 407-437.
1990   “Semantic properties of composed functions and the distribution of wh-phrases.”  Seventh Amsterdam Colloquium, ed. by Stokhof and Torenvliet. Amsterdam, Institute for Language, Logic, and Information. 529-555. (with Frans Zwarts)
1987   “Bound variables in syntax (are there any?).” Sixth Amsterdam Colloquium, ed. by Gronendijk, Stokhof, and Veltman. Institute for Language, Logic, and Information, Amsterdam. 331-351.
1981   “The semantics of topic-focus articulation. ” Formal Methods in the Study of Language,  ed. by Groenendijk, Janssen, and Stokhof. Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam. 513-541.


2012   Graf, T., D. Paperno, A. Szabolcsi, and J. Tellings, eds., Theories of Everything. In Honor of Ed Keenan. UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 17. 445 pages. online
1987   Ruzsa, I. and A. Szabolcsi, eds., Proceedings of the ’87 Debrecen Symposium on Logic and Language. Akadémiai, Budapest, 252 pages. online

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