[Lingtyp] Database of Prominent Internal Possessors

Irina Nikolaeva in3 at soas.ac.uk
Thu Oct 10 12:36:11 UTC 2019

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new online *Database of
Prominent Internal Possessors *hosted by the Surrey Morphology Group at the
University of Surrey (www.smg.surrey.ac.uk). The database was created as
part of the AHRC-funded project 'Prominent possessors'
<http://www.smg.surrey.ac.uk/projects/prominent-possessors/> awarded to
Irina Nikolaeva (PI), Oliver Bond and Greville G. Corbett (Project
reference AH/M010701/1 <https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FM010708%2F1>

*Database of Prominent Internal Possessors*


This typological database is a searchable repository for data on Prominent
Internal Possessors across a diverse set of languages. A Prominent Internal
Possessor is defined as a possessor that behaves, fully or partially, as if
it were a clause-level element and the head of its own phrase, even though
there is no independent evidence that it is external to the nominal phrase
to which the possessed item belongs.

The database targets two phenomena: internal possessors indexed on the verb
and internal possessors that act as pivots in switch-reference
constructions. It explores examples from over 50 languages from 27
different genera using responsive filters to restrict the results based on
their grammaticality, the syntactic relation involved and the properties of
the possessor. The individual language profiles present the evidence base
used to support the phrase internal status of the possessor and key
literature on which their analysis is based. The filtering system allows
the user to test their own analytical hypotheses by varying parameters.

*How to cite:*

Bárány, András, Oliver Bond & Sandy Ritchie. 2019. Database of Prominent
Internal Possessors. University of Surrey. https://pips.surrey.ac.uk

The database accompanies a book on the same subject, which provides a
cross-linguistic overview of relevant phenomena and detailed analyses of
key languages in which Prominent Internal Possessors are evident:

Bárány, András, Oliver Bond & Irina Nikolaeva (eds.). 2019. *Prominent
Internal Possessors.* Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Prof. Irina Nikolaeva, FBA, MAE
Department of Linguistics
University of London, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

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