The Grammar of Possession

Inalienability, incorporation and possessor ascension in Guaraní

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The Grammar of Possession: Inalienability, incorporation and possessor ascension in Guaraní, is an exhaustive study of linguistic structures in Paraguayan Guaraní which are directly or indirectly associated with the semantic domain of inalienability. Constructions analyzed in the book include adnominal and predicative possessive constructions, noun incorporation, and possessor ascension. Examples are drawn from a rich data base that incorporate native speaker intuitions and resources in the construction of illustrative linguistic forms as well as the analysis of the communicative use of the forms under study. The book provides a complete picture of inalienability as a coherent integrated system of grammatical and semantic oppositions in a language that has received little attention in the theoretical linguistic literature.
The analysis moves from general principles to specific details of the language while applying principles of Cognitive Grammar and Functional Linguistics. There is an explicit aim to uncover the particularities of form-meaning connections, as well as the communicative and discourse functions of the structures examined. Other approaches are also considered when appropriate, resulting in a theoretically informed study that contains a rich variety of considerations.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 33]  1996.  xvi, 274 pp.
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Table of Contents
Figures and Tables
xi
List of Abbreviations
xiii
Acknowledgments
xv
1. Introduction
1
1.1. Aims and Assumptions
1
1.2. About the Language
5
Part One: The Alienable/Inalienable Distinction in the Grammar of Possession
19
Introduction to Part One
21
2. The Alienability/Inalienability Opposition in Language
23
2.1. General Overview
23
2.2. Inalienability viewed as a Formal Phenomenon
26
2.3. Inalienability as a Semantic Phenomenon
31
2.4. Motivational Pressures in the Expression of Inalienability
40
3. The Alienability/Inalienability Contrast in Guaraní Possessive Constructions
45
3.1. A Schematic Characterization of Possession
46
3.2. Possession at the Nominal Level
49
3.3. Non-Verbal Predicative Construction
66
3.4. Verbal Predicative Construction
75
3.5. The Equational Possessive Construction
83
3.6. Summary and Conclusions
85
Part Two: The Expression of Maximal Inalienability
93
Introduction to Part Two
95
4. Noun Incorporation in Guaraní: Formal and Semantic Aspects
99
4.1. The Phenomenon of NI: General Background
100
4.2. Constraints on Incorporability
104
4.3. Non-body-part Incorporation in Guaraní
106
4.4. Incorporation as a Lexicalization Process
120
4.5. Remarks on Object Placement and Incorporation
123
4.6. Concluding Remarks
127
5. Incorporation of Body-part Terms
129
5.1. The Phenomenon of Pa: General Overview
129
5.2. The NI+PA Construction: General Structural Considerations
132
5.3. Grammatical Function of the Incorporated Body-Part Term
144
5.4. Motivation for Overt Mention of Body-Part Terms
147
5.5. Semantic boundaries of the NI+PA Construction
149
5.6. Concluding Remarks
163
6. The Discourse Function of the NI+PA Construction
165
6.1. NI+Pa as a Discourse Coherence and Topic Maintenance Device
166
6.2. NI+PA as an Evaluative Device
172
6.3. Body-Parts as Individuated Entities in Discourse
189
6.4. Concluding Remarks
196
7. Conclusions
199
7.1. Summary of Results
199
7.2. Further Research Issues
204
7.3. Contribution to the Field of Linguistics
206
Appendix A: Semantic Classification of Guaraní Lexical Roots
209
Appendix B: Inventory of Conventionalized Incorporated Structures
227
Appendix C: Text of Guaraní Folk Tale Analyzed in Section 6.2
241
Notes
247
References
257
“The study is an important and very welcome addition to the literature on possession, both by the data on Guaraní and by its many intelligent and important reflexions on inalienability in general. An not the least by its anchoring of grammatical structures in discourse, which, after all, provides their raison d’être.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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