29.2984, Books: The ins and outs of external possession: Scholten

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From: Karijn Hootsen [gw.uilots.lot at uu.nl]
Subject: The ins and outs of external possession: Scholten


Title: The ins and outs of external possession 
Subtitle: A micro-comparative perspective 
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Book URL: https://www.lotpublications.nl/the-ins-and-outs-of-external-possession-a-micro-comparative-perspective 

Author: Jolien Scholten

Paperback: ISBN:  9789460932809 Pages: 295 Price: Europe EURO 35.00


This thesis presents a study of external possession in varieties of Dutch.
External possessors appear outside of the possessum phrase syntactically,
whereas semantically, they are interpreted as the possessor of one of their
co-arguments. In such structures, the possessive relation is typically not
marked morphosyntactically. Other characteristics include the use of the
definite article to introduce the possessum, and the possessor generally being
a body part noun.

The current study contributes to the empirical domain by giving a systematic
overview of various external possessor constructions in Dutch dialects in
different syntactic and semantic environments. In traditional terminology,
this dissertation focuses on three types of external possessor constructions:
(i) subject possessors, (ii) dative possessors and (iii) direct object
possessors with the possessum embedded in a PP.

With respect to subject possessors, previous studies have reported that this
construction is restricted to ‘gesture verbs’, but so far no explanatory
account for this observation has been given. By investigating a comprehensive
set of verbs, this study proposes an explanation for this restriction,
analyzing the relevant verbs as unaccusatives. In addition, this study is able
to treat the three external possessor constructions in a unified way, in which
the possessor and possessum are syntactically related to each other in a local
relationship. Finally, this study also deals with the geographic distribution
of the various external possessor constructions.

This book is of interest to scholars working on morphosyntactic
micro-variation, possessive structures and datives, as well as inalienability
and definiteness.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Written In: English  (eng)

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