Possession/modification by simple juxtaposition
linjr at HUM.AU.DK
Sat Nov 22 21:51:00 UTC 2008
Here is an example from Bukiyip (Conrad 1991: 60):
and one from Nasioi (Rausch 1912: 119, 120)
Conrad, Robert J. (with Kepas Wogiga). 1991. An outline of Bukiyip grammar (Pacific Linguistics C-113). Canberra: Australian National University.
Rausch, P.J. 1912. Die Sprache von Südost-Bougainville, Deutsche Salominsinseln. Anthropos 7, 105-134, 585-616, 964-994.
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"Spencer, Andrew J" <spena at ESSEX.AC.UK> writes:
>We are interested in finding languages that express possession and adjectival modification in the same way, namely, by means of pure juxtaposition, without any other morphosyntactic marking (agreement, adpositions, case marking etc.). In other words, were looking for languages with the following construction types (head-initial/head-final; the linear order doesnt matter to us and the language doesnt have to have a consistent head position):
>good book: book good // good book
>the name of (the) boy: name [(the) boy] // (the) boy name
>Gwens book/mother: book/mother Gwen// Gwen book/mother
>A language which is close to what were looking for is Spoken Welsh (head-initial):
>the name of the boy:
>enw y bachgen
>name the boy
>the name of a boy:
>Gwens book: llyfr Gwen
>Gwens mother: mam Gwen
>However, in Welsh, adjectives take the soft mutation when they modify FEM.SG nouns, so this isnt a pure example of the language type were looking for.
>If you know of a language with these properties please contact Andrew Spencer: spena at essex.ac.uk.
>Well put together a synopsis of the replies. (You dont need to reply to the whole list.)
>Andrew Spencer, University of Essex
>Irina Nikolaeva, School of Oriental and African Studies
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