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Heads in Oceanic Indirect Possession

Palmer, Bill and Brown, Dunstan (2007) Heads in Oceanic Indirect Possession Oceanic Linguistics, 46 (1). pp. 200-209.


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In many Oceanic languages the "indirect" possessive construction, which is typically associated with alienable possession, uses special forms to host person and number agreement indexing the possessor. This can be contrasted with the "direct" possessive construction, typically associated with inalienable possession, where a lexical possessum noun itself carries possessor-indexing agreement. The host forms used in the indirect construction are often referred to as "classifiers". We argue that this term should not be applied to indirect possession marking in many Oceanic languages, and present evidence to show that indirect possessor-indexing hosts should be treated as the syntactic head of the noun phrase in which they occur, thereby allowing treatment of the syntax of NPs with indirect possession that is consistent with those with direct marking. In both instances, the person and number indexing morphology simply attaches to the syntactic head.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Palmer, Bill
Date : 1 January 2007
Uncontrolled Keywords : possession, syntax, Oceanic
Additional Information : Palmer, Bill, and Dunstan Brown. 2007. Heads in Oceanic indirect possession. Oceanic Linguistics. 46.1. 200-209.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:39
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:21

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