Split Possession

An areal-linguistic study of the alienability correlation and related phenomena in the languages of Europe

| University of Bremen
| University of Bremen
| University of Bremen
| University of Bremen
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This book is a functional-typological study of possession splits in European languages. It shows that genetically and structurally diverse languages such as Icelandic, Welsh, and Maltese display possessive systems which are sensitive to semantically based distinctions reminiscent of the alienability correlation. These distinctions are grammatically relevant in many European languages because they require dedicated constructions. What makes these split possessive systems interesting for the linguist is the interaction of semantic criteria with pragmatics and syntax. Neutralisation of distinctions occurs under focus. The same happens if one of the constituents of a possessive construction is syntactically heavy. These effects can be observed in the majority of the 50 sample languages. Possessive splits are strong in those languages which are outside the Standard Average European group. The bulk of the European languages do not behave much differently from those non-European languages for which possession splits are reported. The book reveals interesting new facts about European languages and possession to typologists, universals researchers, and areal linguists.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 101]  2008.  x, 546 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
vii–viii
List of abbreviations
ix–x
Part A: What needs to be known beforehand
Chapter 1. Introduction
3–9
Chapter 2. Prerequisites
11–28
Chapter 3. Split possession
29–40
Part B: Tour d'Europe
Chapter 4. Grammatical possession splits
43–315
Chapter 5. Further evidence of possession splits in Europe
317–465
Part C: On European misfits and their commonalities
Chapter 6. Results
469–516
Notes
517–519
Sources
521–524
References
525–533
Additional background literature
535–538
Index of languages
539–540
Index of authors
541–544
Index of subjects
545–546
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008005501