András Bárány's website


My name is András Bárány ['ɒndrɑːʃ 'bɑːrɑːɲ]. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, working on Irina Nikolaeva's AHRC-funded project Prominent Possessors (see also here).

Previously, I spent a year as a post-doc 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).

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 deals 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.

Previously, I studied in Vienna and Budapest and wrote a diploma thesis on German discourse particles.

You can access my full CV here (May 2016).




Differential object marking in Hungarian and the morphosyntax of case and agreement, University of Cambridge
(e-mail me for a copy!)

Peer-reviewed articles


2015. “Inverse agreement and Hungarian verb paradigms”. In: É. Kiss, Katalin, Balázs Surányi and Éva Dékány (eds.), Approaches to Hungarian. Vol. 14: Papers from the 2013 Piliscsaba Conference. Amsterdam/Berlin: John Benjamins, pp. 37–65.
(pre-publication version: pdf)

Conference proceedings


2015. “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.


“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.

Other publications


Review of Objects and information structure Mary Dalrymple and Irina Nikolaeva (CUP, Cambridge, 2011). Acta Linguistica Hungarica 61, 236-243.



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


(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
(pdf of handout)

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


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

2011 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

2010 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

2009 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

Master's thesis

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:

Diploma thesis

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:

Outreach and related work


Since 2014, I've been a contributor to the Hungarian course for English speakers on duolingo.

Further joys of case and agreement! Blog post on CamLangSci, a linguistics blog run by Cambridge PhD students.

I, you, and she in case and agreement, Blog post on CamLangSci, a linguistics blog run by Cambridge PhD students.


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.


What's in a name? Depends on who you are..., Blog post on CamLangSci, a linguistics blog run by Cambridge PhD students.

With ReCoS, I've taken part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a series of events during which members of the university present their research to a general audience.


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.

2012 “Linquiztics” (linguistics quiz, organised with ReCoS). Cambridge, 27 October 2012.

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