22-23 May 2015: International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian

The 12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12) will be held at Leiden Univeristy, The Netherlands, from 22 to 23 May 2015, at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

The  International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian is a meeting organized biannually for linguists working on or having an interest in any linguistically relevant aspect of the Hungarian language.

Links to previous conferences:

ICSH11: http://icsh11.nytud.hu/
ICSH10: http://www/
ICSH 9: http://icsh9.unideb.hu/ 

Invited speakers

Marcel den Dikken (City University of New York)
Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut)
Balázs Surányi (RIL/HAS, Budapest)

Conference programme

Friday 22 May - Lipsius building, room 147

9.00 - 9.15      Opening
9.15 - 9.50      Robert Vago 
                      *VV in Hungarian
9.50 - 10.25     Péter Rebrus & Miklós Törkenczy 
                       Co-patterns and uniformity in Hungarian vowel harmony

Coffee break

10.45 - 11.45   Harry van der Hulst (invited speaker)  
                      Where are we with Hungarian vowel harmony?
11.45 - 12.20   Marcel den Dikken & Éva Dékány  
                      Recursion Restricted


13.20 - 13.55   Barbara Egedi  
                      The Hungarian definite article across time: an account of its spreading
13.55 - 14.30   Brigitta R. Schvarcz                       
                      Classifier constructions in Hungarian and the semantics of the suffix 

14.30 - 15.05   Brigitta R. Schvarcz & Susan Rothstein                       
                      Hungarian classifier constructions and the mass/count distinction

Coffee break

15.25 - 16.00   Julia Bacskai-Atkari 
                      Structural ambiguity and case assingment in Hungarian clausal and
                      phrasal comparatives

16.00 - 16.35   Lilla Pintér                        
                      The acquisition of the exhaustive interpretation on Hungarian focus

16.35 - 17.35   Balázs Surányi (invited speaker) 
                      Phrasing and prominence in the prosodic expression of focus: A view
                      from Hungarian

18.30             Conference dinner

Saturday 23 May - Lipsius building, room 148

9.00 - 10.00     Marcel den Dikken (invited speaker) 
                      Structure building and the syntax of of filler-gap dependencies: How
                      Hungarian leads the way

10.00 - 10.35   Tibor Laczkó 
                      Towards developing an LFG syntax of Hungarian wh-questions

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.35   György Rákosi 
                      Reflexives and the Anaphor Agreement Effect in Hungarian
11.35 - 12.10   Judit Farkas, Gábor Alberti & Veronika Szabó  
                      Inherited information structure of deverbal nominals in Hungarian
12.10 - 12.45   Éva Dékány & Veronika Hegedüs 
                      Two positions for verbal modifiers: evidence from derived particle


Please sign up for the conference by sending an email to organizer Anikó Liptak

Registration fee (€ 40) should be paid in cash on the first day of the conference.

Core programme committee

Lisa Cheng
Marcel den Dikken
Júlia Horváth
Harry van der Hulst
István Kenesei
Anikó Lipták
Marc van Oostendorp
Csaba Pléh
Johan Rooryck
Balázs Surányi

Travel information

Leiden is a relatively small city in the west of The Netherlands, between the capital Amsterdam and The Hague, the Dutch seat of Government. For international visitors, it is easily reached by air, railway and road.

Arrival by plane
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and a major air hub in Europe. To and from Leiden, the train is the easiest way of travelling to the airport, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Trains leave in both directions every fifteen minutes between 6 am and midnight, and about every hour at night. You can easily plan your train journey by checking the schedule online.

Arrival by train
Leiden can be reached on international trains via major cities in its proximity such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. These cities are services by two high speed train connections: to the south to Brussels and Paris (also connecting to London) and to the East to Koln and Frankfurt, as well as regular speed international train connections to most other major cities in Europe. You can find train schedules online.

Arrival by car
Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 motorways. Although the small city centre is a pedestrian-only area, visitors will find parking facilities just outside this are, and all venues will be within walking distance.

More information
For more information, see the website of Leiden's Tourist Information.


Hotels are easy to find in Leiden. We listed some hotels and B&B's that are convenient to the conference venue. 'Walking time' indicates the time it takes to walk from the hotel to the main conference venue (the Lipsius building: Cleveringsplaats 1).

More information can be found on the website of Leiden Visitor Centre.

Hotel De Doelen, walking time: 4 mins.
Hotel Nieuw Minerva, walking time: 8 mins.
Ibis Hotel Leiden, walking time: 10 mins.
Best Western City Hotel, walking time: 11 mins.
Goldon Tulip, walking time: 14 mins.
Huys van Leyden - Boutique Hotel, walking time: 17 mins.
Rembrandt Hotel Leiden, walking time: 8 mins.
Hotel Mayflower, walking time: 8 mins.

Residence 102, walking time: 18 mins.
Bed & Beschuit, walking time: 12 mins

Last Modified: 11-05-2015