In this book Hilda Koopman and Anna Szabolcsi propose a unified
analysis of restructuring constructions in Hungarian, Dutch, and
German that involves only overt phrasal movement and derives
variation from the varying sizes of pied piping constituents.
Restructuring verbs in Hungarian exhibit three patterns: the
will begin up-climb and the up will begin climb orders common in
Dutch and the up-climb begin will order common in German.
Traditionally these have been analyzed as involving no movement
(or covert movement), phrasal movement, and head movement,
respectively. The first goal of this book is to develop a
unified analysis where (1) the same features are checked in all
three orders, (2) all feature checking is achieved by overt
movement, and (3) all three types involve phrasal movement. The
second goal is to account for the significant variation across
Hungarian, Dutch, and German, which is argued to arise from the
varying sizes of the constituents pied piped in the course of
In addition to its novel theoretical claims, the book presents
the first systematic description of Hungarian complex verbs and
the first comparison of West-Germanic and Hungarian.