[Lingtyp] predicative possession

Claude Hagège claude-hagege at wanadoo.fr
Thu Apr 23 17:50:58 UTC 2020

Dear all,


Predicative possession is studied in detail on pp. 49-50 of C. Hagège’s La structure des langues, 7th  ed., 2013. Among many others, the « type structured like “Your book exists” for ‘You have a book’ » (Randy La Polla) is illustrated there by Kečua and Aymara. Besides the type illustrated by many Pama-Nyungan (Australian) languages, i.e.  « Possessor is Possessed-ed(adjective-like suffix) »  or   « Possessor is Possessed-having », we also have a type structured like « Possessor his/her/its-Possessed », which is the structure we find in Guarani.


Best wishes




De : Lingtyp [mailto:lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] De la part de Pier Marco Bertinetto
Envoyé : mercredi 22 avril 2020 15:26
À : Sergey Loesov
Cc : lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org
Objet : Re: [Lingtyp] predicative possession


Dear Sergey,

on top of the references that have already been suggested, I would like to point out a recent paper by Denis Creissels, recently published on the "Italian J. of Linguistics":


Incidentally, the same issue contains other works that should awake the typologist's interest.

Best regards

Pier Marco Bertinetto


Il giorno mer 22 apr 2020 alle ore 13:25 Sergey Loesov <sergeloesov at gmail.com> ha scritto:

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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