The expression of possession


The expression of possession

edited by William B. McGregor

(The expression of cognitive categories, 2)

Mouton de Gruyter, c2009

  • : hard
  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index


  • English possessives as reference-point constructions and their function in the discourse / Peter Willemse, Kristin Davidse and Liesbet Heyvaert
  • On the co-variation between form and function of adnominal possessive modifiers in Dutch and English / Jan Rijkhoff
  • Is possession mere location? : contrary evidence from Maa / Doris L. Payne
  • Learning to encode possession / Sonja Eisenbeiß, Ayumi Matsuo and Ingrid Sonnenstuhl
  • Plain vs. situated possession in Czech : a constructional account / Mirjam Fried
  • Attributive possessive constructions in Oceanic / Frantisek Lichtenberk
  • Possessive clauses in East Nusantara, the case of Tidore / Miriam van Staden
  • Possessive expressions in the Southwestern Amazon / Hein van der Voort
  • Possession in the visual-gestural modality : how possession is expressed in British Sign Language / Kearsy Cormier and Jordan Fenlon



: hard ISBN 9783110184372


This collection of nine original articles deals with the expression of possession at various levels of grammar, morphological, phrasal, and syntactic, and from a typologically diverse range of languages (including Germanic, Oceanic, Meso-American, and Australian Aboriginal). There are two main aims. The first is to reveal something of the range of constructions employed cross-linguistically in the expression of possession, and second, to present an understanding of the possessive relation itself as a cognitive and linguistic phenomenon. A guiding principle in the selection of contributors has been to invite linguists whose research, while not necessarily directly dealing with possession, touches on it, and indicates that they are likely to provide fresh perspectives on this well-trodden field. Key features: William McGregor is a well known expert in this field of research Possession is a paradigm for studies on typology, ethnology etc., because a multitude of linguistic and cultural varieties are reflected in this field new series textbook

: pbk ISBN 9783110184389


Human thought and action is fundamentally shaped by a small set of cognitive categories, such as time, space, causality, or possession. It is not surprising, therefore, that all natural languages have developed many devices to express these categories. Temporality, for example, is reflected in the lexical meaning of verbs, in grammatical marking of tense and aspect, in time adverbials, in special particles, and in the application of discourse principles. Many of these devices have been the subject of intensive research across languages; but as a rule, this research focuses on particular aspects, it does not look at the expression of such a category as a whole, which is precisely the aim of the present series. The short volumes bring together what is known about the expression of a particular category in human language.

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