38 Marking of possessor noun phrases

This feature is described more fully in chapter 38.


In this feature (closely related to WALS feature 24, by Johanna Nichols and Balthasar Bickel), the question is how the possessor noun phrase is marked in an adnominal possessive construction (’the man’s house’, ‘the bird’s wing’, ‘the roof of my house’).

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

Often pronominal possessors are treated differently from full noun phrases. Here we only look at (non-pronominal) full noun phrases. (For pronominal possessors, see Feature 37.) Note that we ignore word order here. (For word order, see Feature 2.)


Martin Haspelmath and the APiCS Consortium


Adpositional or case marking of possessor302656
No marking123042
Person-indexing on possessum21113

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