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Query Subject:   adnominal possessives and animacy
Author:   Anette Rosenbach
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Is anyone aware of a OV-language which has 2 adnominal possessive constructions which differ in the position of the possessor (i.e. which have both a preominal and a postnominal genitive) and where there is an animacy-induced preference for either position?
Similar to English (though a VO-language) where human possessors are preferably realized in prenominal position (1),while inanimate possessors usually occur postnominally (2).

(1) John?s book
(2) the roof of the house

Is there anything comparable for OV-languages?

Can anyone help?

Please reply to ar@phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de,

Thanks!
Anette Rosenbach
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997



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