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Title: Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization
Written By: Bernd Heine

Bernd Heine argues that the structure of grammatical categories is
predictable to a large extent once we know the range of possible cognitive
structures from which they are derived. The author uses as his example the
structure of predicative possession, and shows how most of the possessive
constructions to be found in the world's languages can be traced back to a
small set of basic conceptual patterns. Using grammaticalization theory
Heine describes how each affects the word order and morphosyntax of the
resulting possessive construction.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Cognitive Science
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