Morphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession

| University of Manchester
| University of Manchester
| University of Nottingham
ISBN 9789027255822 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027273000 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The analysis of constructions denoting possession (particularly, but not exclusively, in English) has long presented a challenge to morpho-syntactic theory and has been a topic of debate for some time. The papers presented here afford thought-provoking insights into the morphosyntactic nature of possessive markers under a variety of theoretical frameworks. The distribution of phrases expressing possession is explored in a range of languages (including English, Swedish, Urdu and West Flemish), with rigorous exploitation of corpus data and careful statistical analysis. Descriptions and analyses represent the state of the art in research into possessive constructions. Particular attention is paid to the English possessive ’s, both synchronically and diachronically. This volume is essential for scholars interested in theoretical and corpus-based linguistics, morphosyntactic constructions, and the expression of possession.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 199]  2013.  xii, 341 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Alan K. Scott
Dealing with postmodified possessors in early English: Split and group genitives
Cynthia L. Allen
Variation in the form and function of the possessive morpheme in Late Middle and Early Modern English
Teo Juvonen
The great regression: Genitive variability in Late Modern English news texts
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Nominal categories and the expression of possession: A cross-linguistic study of probabilistic tendencies and categorical constraints
Catherine O'Connor, Joan Maling and Barbora Skarabela
Expression of possession in English: The significance of the right edge
Kersti Börjars, David Denison, Grzegorz Krajewski and Alan K. Scott
A cognitive analysis of John’s hat
Richard A. Hudson
The oblique genitive in English
John Payne
The marker of the English “Group Genitive” is a special clitic, not an inflection
Stephen R. Anderson
Two prenominal possessors in West Flemish
Liliane Haegeman
A Mozart sonata and the Palme murder : The structure and uses of proper-name compounds in Swedish
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
Possessive clitics and ezafe in Urdu
Tina Bögel and Miriam Butt
“The volume is essential reading for any linguist interested in the morphosyntactic realization of possession. While the overall focus is clearly on English, this is not necessarily a negative: it enables the volume to approach the various issues in English from several distinct angles, while maintaining a manageable set of data. Empirical-statistical, cognitive and theoretical-explanatory accounts add up to render a rather complete picture of the English possessive constructions from a synchronic as well as from a diachronic perspective. In addition, descriptive papers team up to provide insights into other languages' possessive structures as well.”
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Hoge, Kerstin
2018.  In Germanic Genitives [Studies in Language Companion Series, 193],  pp. 231 ff. Crossref logo
2014. Introduction: new dimensions in genitive variation. English Language and Linguistics 18:2  pp. 211 ff. Crossref logo
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Zimmer, Christian, Horst J. Simon & Tanja Ackermann
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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