[Lingtyp] predicative possession

Peter Bakker linpb at cc.au.dk
Wed Apr 22 12:09:02 UTC 2020

Hi Sergey,

Only a quarter, roughly, of the languages of the world have a verb "to have".
WALS 117a is a good place to start:


Peter Bakker
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Sendt: 22. april 2020 13:25
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Emne: [Lingtyp] predicative possession

Dear colleagues,

could you please advise me literature on the encoding of the notion HAVE/HAVING in the languages that, unlike English, do not have generally applicable and versatile HAVE-verbs? I am interested in the grammaticalization paths in this semantic domain.  (I suspect people call this field “predicative possession.”)

Best wishes,

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