Where are the possessors?
Rafael Nonato
October 2014
 

In this paper I question the widely accepted idea that nominal possessors are analogous to subjects of transitive verbs (“external subjects”). This idea is founded upon the existence of languages whose morphology marks nominal possessors and subjects of transitive verbs alike (Abney, 1987). Here I introduce languages whose morphology marks nominal possessors and subjects of intransitive verbs alike. Unlike subjects of transitive verbs, subjects of intransitive verbs can be generated in a variety of structural positions (Hale and Keyser, 1993). This fact creates difficulties for the determination of the structure of possessed noun phrases.
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Reference: lingbuzz/002248
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Published in: Revista LinguiStica, 10.1 2014
keywords: possessors, subjects, noun phrase, bororo, kĩsêdjê, nias, paresi, tzutujil, yup’ik, morphology, syntax
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