Tamás Halm




Montenegro, 2014. (Any similarities to this picture here are unintentional.)

I am a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Linguistics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences*). I joined in March 2017 and I am currently the beneficiary of a postdoc grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (PPD031/2017). I also participate in the Implications of endangered Uralic languages for syntactic theory and the history of Hungarian project (Grant 129921 of the National Research Fund of Hungary). My research interests are in (synchronic and diachronic) syntax and semantics, especially dependent indefinites, imperatives, argument structure, voice and the fine structure of the minimal VP. I have worked on free-choice items, weak imperatives, semelfactives, middle voice and on truncated clauses (minimal VPs). Since 2019, I am review editor of Acta Linguistica Academica. And, as of September 1st, 2019, I am also a lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

*As you may have heard, freedom of science is under assault in Hungary, and this also affects our Institute. Recent legislation has stripped away all the research institutes from the Academy (a self-governing, autonomous body) and placed them under direct government control, effective September 1st, 2019. The law is blatantly unconstitutional and thus subject to legal challenge, but with a constitutional court packed with government appointees, there is not much hope on that front. Academics in Hungary have so far put up a decent fight and this will continue, but the odds are not in our favour.