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Title: Predicative Possession
Written By: Leon Stassen

This is the first comprehensive treatment of the strategies employed in the
world's languages to express predicative possession, as in "the boy has a
bat". It presents the results of the author's fifteen-year research project
on the subject. Predicative possession is the source of many
grammaticalization paths - as in the English perfect tense formed from to
have - and its typology is an important key to understanding the structural
variety of the world's languages and how they change. Drawing on data from
some 400 languages representing all the world's language families, most of
which lack a close equivalent to the verb to have, Professor Stassen aims
(a) to establish a typology of four basic types of predicative possession,
(b) to discover and describe the processes by which standard constructions
can be modified, and (c) to explore links between the typology of
predicative possession and other typologies in order to reveal patterns of
interdependence. He shows, for example, that the parameter of simultaneous
sequencing - the way a language formally encodes a sequence like "John sang
and Mary danced" - correlates with the way it encodes predicative
possession. By means of this and other links the author sets up a single
universal model in order to account for all morphosyntactic variation in
predicative possession found in the languages of the world, including
patterns of variation over time.

Predicative Possession will interest scholars and advanced students of
language typology, diachronic linguistics, morphology and syntax.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199211655
ISBN-13: 9780199211654
Pages: 832
Prices: U.K. £ 80.00