Article published in:Morphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession
Edited by Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Alan K. Scott
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 199] 2013
► pp. 253–290
A Mozart sonata and the Palme murder
The structure and uses of proper-name compounds in Swedish
This paper focuses on Swedish nominal compounds with a personal proper name as their first component (PropN-compounds), e.g. en Mozart+sonat ‘a Mozart sonata’ or Palme+mord-et ‘the Palme murder’ (‘Palme+murder-the’). Although these expressions have so far hardly appeared in the scientific discourse on possession, they do in fact constitute an important resource for expressing possession in the broadest sense in Swedish and, further, in Germanic. For instance, many PropN-compounds are more or less synonymous with nominals modified by preposed s-genitives and/or by postposed prepositional phrases, i.e. by the two constructions that make up the core of adnominal possession in Swedish. In the present paper I will be mostly interested in the structure and meanings/uses of PropN-compounds, in particular, as compared to the other “possessive” constructions in Swedish.
Published online: 30 January 2013
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