37 Marking of pronominal possessors

This feature is described more fully in chapter 37.


This feature concerns the expression of adnominal possession when the possessor is a (non-focused, non-contrastive) personal pronoun (e.g. ‘my book’, ‘her mother’, ‘your hair’).

Possessive relations are defined as comprising ownership, body-part relations and kinship relations (and of course normally other abstract relations as well, but these three are criterial.)

Personal pronouns expressing possessors may be separate words (preceding or following the possessum), or affixes (prefixes or suffixes) on the possessum). Another possibility is that pronominal possessors are linked to the possessum by an adposition, with the adpositional phrase preceding or following the possessum.


Martin Haspelmath and the APiCS Consortium


Preceding word243155
Following word31114
Adpositional phrase preceding the possessum31518
Adpositional phrase following the possessum92332

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