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. 187–204
Possession and ownership in Modern Uyghur
The article deals with the linguistic expression of possession and ownership in Modern Uyghur, a Turkic language spoken in Northern China. It describes the structure and semantics of Uyghur attributive and predicative possessive constructions and their interaction with the categories of inalienability, tense, aspect and mood. The paper distinguishes canonical and non-canonical possessive constructions, and shows their semantic and structural features. Special attention is paid to the structure of complex constructions with possessors and possessees as subjects of dependent clauses with the predicate in the -(i)p converb form. The relations of inalienability between the subjects of the dependent and main clauses license this use of the -(i)p converb.
Keywords: Modern Uyghur, possessive constructions, inalienable and alienable possession
Published online: 05 March 2019
Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.
Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. & Dixon, R.M.W.