Predicative Possession (Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory)

By Leon Stassen

This is often the 1st finished remedy of the recommendations hired within the world's languages to precise predicative ownership, as in "the boy has a bat". It provides the result of the author's fifteen-year learn venture at the topic. Predicative ownership is the resource of many grammaticalization paths - as within the English ideal annoying shaped from to have - and its typology is a vital key to knowing the structural number of the world's languages and the way they alter. Drawing on facts from a few four hundred languages representing the entire world's language households, such a lot of which lack an in depth reminiscent of the verb to have, Professor Stassen goals (a) to set up a typology of 4 easy forms of predicative ownership, (b) to find and describe the approaches during which ordinary buildings may be transformed, and (c) to discover hyperlinks among the typology of predicative ownership and different typologies so as to display styles of interdependence. He exhibits, for instance, that the parameter of simultaneous sequencing - the way in which a language officially encodes a chain like "John sang and Mary danced" - correlates with how it encodes predicative ownership. by way of this and different hyperlinks the writer units up a unmarried common version as a way to account for all morphosyntactic version in predicative ownership present in the languages of the area, together with styles of version through the years.

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1 easy positive factors of the typology 244 7. 2 Areal distribution of the kinds 245 half II. Determinant components 249 eight looking for determinant elements 251 eight. 1 advent 251 eight. 2 Temporal sequencing 255 eight. 2. 1 DeWnition of the area 255 eight. 2. 2 Balanced as opposed to deranked encoding 256 eight. 2. three edition in deranked predicate encoding 256 eight. three Nonverbal predication: the split/share parameter 265 eight. three. 1 DeWnition of the proposal 265 Contents ix eight. three. 2 version in split-languages 267 eight. three. three edition in shared encoding 269 eight. three. four a number of conWgurations 271 eight. four The universals of predicative ownership encoding 274 nine Locational Possessives 277 nine. 1 advent 277 nine. 2 Indo-European 277 nine. three Languages of the Caucasus 287 nine. four Uralic 296 nine. five Altaic 299 nine. 6 different languages of Siberia 306 nine. 7 Munda and Dravidian 311 nine. eight Tibeto-Burman 316 nine. nine center East and North Africa 321 nine. 10 different African languages 327 nine. eleven Indian and PaciWc Ocean 334 nine. 12 North and significant the USA 340 nine. thirteen South the US 344 nine. 14 end 354 10 With-Possessives 356 10. 1 advent 356 10. 2 North-east Siberia 357 10. three North the US 360 10. four primary the USA 376 10. five South the United States 383 10. 6 Austronesian and Papuan 394 10. 7 Australia 407 10. eight Africa 415 10. nine Austro-Asiatic 428 10. 10 end 430 eleven subject Possessives 431 eleven. 1 creation 431 eleven. 2 East and south-east Asia 432 eleven. three Austronesian 453 eleven. four New Guinea and northerly Australia 475 eleven. five North the United States 488 eleven. 6 primary the US 512 eleven. 7 South the USA 530 x Contents eleven. nine end 559 12 Have-Possessives 560 12. 1 advent 560 12. 2 Indo-European 560 12. three extra Eurasia 582 12. four Austronesian and Papuan 587 12. five Australian 596 12. 6 North the United States 606 12. 7 vital the USA 619 12. eight South the USA 634 12. nine Khoisan 655 12. 10 Afro-Asiatic 657 12. eleven Nilo-Saharan 663 12. 12 Niger-Kordofanian 678 12. thirteen Creoles 692 12. 14 end 695 half III. A version of Predicative ownership Encoding 697 thirteen A version of predicative ownership encoding 699 thirteen. 1 creation 699 thirteen. 2 Preliminaries seven-hundred thirteen. three The underlying constitution of predicative ownership 705 thirteen. four Deranking languages 706 thirteen. five Balancing languages 710 thirteen. 6 capability ambiguity and the Have-Possessive 717 thirteen. 7 end 723 Appendix A Alphabetical directory of the pattern 725 Appendix B Typological stratiWcation of the pattern 748 References 769 Index of Languages 803 Index of matters 811 Acknowledgements paintings in this ebook took its Wrst concrete shape in 1998, in the course of a summer season institution of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fu¨r Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS). due to the actually extraordinary viewers assembled there, the path I taught in Mainz used to be most likely the simplest educating adventure i've got ever had, and it persuaded me to increase my imprecise and half-baked rules on predicative ownership into a few- factor that may thoroughly be uncovered.

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