Datapoint Norf'k/Marking of possessor noun phrases

Norf'k has two ways of indicating possession: one by adding -s to the possessor, and the second by joining possessor and possession by means of the preposition -f. It is not clear whether they are in free variation or whether they reflect the Polynesian a or o class of possession.

Values

Adpositional or case marking of possessor

Example 24-6:
ar pain fe Robinson
ar
the
pain
pine.tree
fe
prep
Robinson
Robinson
Robinson’s pine tree
Example 24-81:
biids f Beryl
biids
beads
f
prep
Beryl
Beryl
Beryl's necklace
Example 24-80:
niggers hoof
niggers
Nigger.poss
hoof
foot
place name OR: kind of edible tuber
Example 24-79:
berds eig / bads eig
berds
whalebird.poss
eig
egg
/
/
bads
whalebird.poss
eig
egg
birds eggs
Example 24-82:
ar pain fe Robinsons
ar
the
pain
pine.tree
fe
prep
Robinsons
Robinson.gen
Robinson’s pine tree
Confidence:
Very certain