Diacronia 12, December 27, 2020, art. A170 (p. 1–13)

The diachrony of the cognate object construction in Romanian and Hungarian

Imola-Ágnes Farkas


Faculty of Letters, “Babeș–Bolyai” University, Str. Horea 31, 400202 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Received November 12, 2020
Accepted December 4, 2020
Published December 27, 2020

Key words

cognate object construction


Building on the cross-linguistic observation generally valid in the majority of languages according to which cognate object constructions are frequently subject to diachronic changes, this paper provides an analysis of the history of diachronic changes in the cognate constructions of two typologically unrelated languages. We demonstrate that, although the present stage of Romanian and Hungarian lacks the canonical (aspectual) cognate object construction illustrated in to sleep a sound sleep, this structure does exist in both languages but either at an earlier language stage (the case of Romanian) or at the present language stage, as a result of a clear increase in it towards the modern period, but the cognate nominal is expressed by a pseudo-object (the case of Hungarian). Consequently, the diachronic change in these constructions of these languages is in two different directions.


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    Text:Farkas, I. (2020). The diachrony of the cognate object construction in Romanian and Hungarian, Diacronia 12 (December 27), A170 (1–13),
     author = {Imola-Ágnes Farkas},
     title = {The diachrony of the cognate object construction in Romanian and Hungarian},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2020},
     month = {December},
     number = {12},
     eid = {A170},
     doi = {},
     pages = "(1–13)",
     url = {}


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