LINGUIST List 17.3657|
Mon Dec 11 2006
Qs: Possessives Cross-Linguistically
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Message 1: Possessives Cross-Linguistically
From: Alexandra Teodorescu <teodorescumail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Possessives Cross-Linguistically
I’m a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin and I’m conducting a
cross-linguistic survey of possessive constructions modified by the
adjective ''former''. In English, examples like ''John's former
restaurant'' are ambiguous between two interpretations: on the one hand the
construction refers to ''an object that was formerly a restaurant and is
now owned by John''. On the other hand, it refers to ''an object that used
to be a restaurant owned by John''.
I would be grateful if you could point out to me: (i) other languages that
show this ambiguity, (ii) languages that don't show this ambiguity. In the
latter case, please indicate the reading available. For both cases, an
example with glosses would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your help,
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