Chapter published in:Possession in Languages of Europe and North and Central Asia
Edited by Lars Johanson, Lidia Federica Mazzitelli and Irina Nevskaya
[Studies in Language Companion Series 206] 2019
► pp. 169–186
Predicative possession in North Saami and Norwegian
This paper describes the strategies employed by North Saami (Uralic, Saamic) and Norwegian (Indo-European, North Germanic) to express predicative possession. It shows that both North Saami and Norwegian do not provide evidence of splits in their possession systems; rather, they use the same constructions to express both ownership as well as less prototypical possessive notions, displaying a typical European behaviour. The expression of some notions contiguous to possession, namely experience, location and attribution is also analyzed: these are rarely coded by means of possessive constructions in Norwegian, but more often in North Saami.
Keywords: predicative possession, North Saami (Uralic, Saamic), Norwegian (Indo-European, North Germanic), experience, location and attribution
Published online: 05 March 2019
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