Dimensions of Possession

Dimensions of Possession

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Few linguistic concepts are more elusive than 'possession'. The present collection of articles, selected from an international workshop held in Copenhagen in May 1998, confronts the subject from several angles (lexicon; the semantics of possession and the verb HAVE; the syntax of genitives and other possessive structures; the interaction of verbal and nominal constructions; the semantic and textual implications of the alienable/inalienable distinction, etc.) and approaches (formal semantics; functional semantics; and syntax as diachronic and typological comparisons). The languages covered include both European languages such as Danish, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin, and several American, Australian, African and Asian languages. This volume in which the contributing scholars have sought to examine as many 'dimensions' as possible is of interest to all linguists, in particular those working in the field of typology and functional approaches to language.show more

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  • Hardback | 343 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 600g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110621
  • 9781588110626

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Dimensions of possession (by Herslund, Michael); 2. 1. The operational basis of possession: A dimensional approach revisited (by Seiler, Hansjakob); 3. 2. The concept of possession in Danish grammar (by Togeby, Ole); 4. 3. Possession spaces in Danish (by Sorensen, Finn); 5. 4. The verb HAVE in Nyulnyulan languages (by McGregor, William B.); 6. 5. Semantics of the verb HAVE (by Baron, Irene); 7. 6. Possessum-oriented and prossessor-oriented constructions in Russian (by Durst-Andersen, Per); 8. 7. Datives and comitatives as neighbouring spouses: The case of indirect objects and comitatives in Danish (by Heltoft, Lars); 9. 8. Towards a typology of French NP de NP structures or how much possession is there in complex noun phrases with de in French? (by Bartning, Inge); 10. 9. Spanish N de N structures from a cognitive perspective (by Hoeg Muller, Henrik); 11. 10. The grammatical category "Possession" and the part-whole relation in French (by Riegel, Martin); 12. 11. Kinship in grammar (by Dahl, Osten); 13. 12. (In)alienability and (in)determination in Portuguese (by Spanoghe, Anne-Marie); 14. 13. Possessives with extensive use: A source of definite articles? (by Fraurud, Kari); 15. 14. Possessors and experiencers in Classical Latin (by Bolkestein, A. Machtelt); 16. 15. The difference a category makes in the expression of possession and inalienability (by Mithun, Marianne); 17. 16. Ways of explaining possession (by Heine, Bernd); 18. Index of languages; 19. Index of authors; 20. Index of subjectsshow more