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Title: Split Possession
Subtitle: An areal-linguistic study of the alienability correlation and related phenomena in the languages of Europe
Written By: Thomas Stolz
Sonja Kettler
Cornelia Stroh
Aina S. Urdze
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 101

This book is a functional-typological study of possession splits in
European languages. It shows that genetically and structurally diverse
languages such as Icelandic, Welsh, and Maltese display possessive
systems which are sensitive to semantically based distinctions
reminiscent of the alienability correlation. These distinctions are
grammatically relevant in many European languages because they
require dedicated constructions. What makes these split possessive
systems interesting for the linguist is the interaction of semantic
criteria with pragmatics and syntax. Neutralisation of distinctions
occurs under focus. The same happens if one of the constituents of a
possessive construction is syntactically heavy. These effects can be
observed in the majority of the 50 sample languages. Possessive
splits are strong in those languages which are outside the Standard
Average European group. The bulk of the European languages do not
behave much differently from those non-European languages for
which possession splits are reported. The book reveals interesting
new facts about European languages and possession to typologists,
universals researchers, and areal linguists.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902720568X
ISBN-13: 9789027205681
Prices: Europe EURO 130.00
U.S. $ 195.00