agreement conflict?

Marcel Erdal erdal at EM.UNI-FRANKFURT.DE
Thu Jan 21 10:06:53 UTC 1999

Dear Edith,
you're right. One of the Turkish nouns is in fact in a sort-of-compound
relationship with the head noun; it has no morphological markers and
can't be moved away from it.
Not only is Turkish like Hungarian and Finnish, but also Israeli Hebrew
(another language with morphological possesive markers). Very much like
Turkish, the other 'possessor' is in Hebrew not really a possessor: It
is linked in close juncture to the head noun (the so-called construct
state). If the 'outer' possessor is not pronominal but a noun, it is
joined to this compound-like structure by shel, a non-morphological
genitive marker.
         anaf               ha-mishpaxa shel Yosi
branch (construct) ART-family   of     Y.
'Y.'s branch of the family'
So: Two shel-genitives are prohibited in Hebrew as two -nIn genitives
are prohibited in Turkish.

Prof. Dr. Marcel Erdal
Dept. of Turcology,
FB 11, J.W.Goethe University,
P.O.B. 11 19 32
D-60054 Frankfurt a.M.
Tlf.: +49-69-79 82 28 58
Fax: +49-69-79 82 49 74

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