[Lingtyp] predicative possession

ARNOLD Laura Laura.Arnold at ed.ac.uk
Mon Apr 27 13:52:49 UTC 2020

Dear Sergey,

What Françoise describes for Maweti-Guarani languages is also common in South Halmahera-West New Guinea (Austronesian) languages: predicative possessive constructions that are either identical with or derived from their adnominal counterparts are found in Ambel, As, Batta, Biga, Ma'ya, Salawati, Taba, Wamesa, Wooi, and Dusner. Similar constructions are found in the nearby non-Austronesian East Bird's Head languages Meyah and Moskona, as well as the North Halmahera language Tidore. I can send you references for these, if that's helpful.

All the best,

Laura Arnold
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Room 1.13, Dugald Stewart Building
School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh

From: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of Françoise Rose <francoise.rose at univ-lyon2.fr>
Sent: 27 April 2020 14:28
To: Sergey Loesov <sergeloesov at gmail.com>; lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org <lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org>
Subject: Re: [Lingtyp] predicative possession

Dear Serguey,

Maweti-Guarani languages express predicative possession without a verb or a copula. The nominal predicate has the same morphological structure than a possessed NP.

There are various syntactic analyses of this possessive predicative construction. Here are a few references.

Dietrich, Wolf. 2001. “Categorias Lexicais Nas Línguas Tupi-Guarani (Visão Comparativa).” In Des Noms et Des Verbes En Tupi-Guarani: État de La Question, edited by Francesc Queixalós, 21–37. München: LINCOM Europa.

Gerasimov, Dmitry. 2016. “Predicative Possession in Paraguayan Guaraní: Against the Zero Copula Hypothesis.” Presented at the Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters 2016.

Meira, Sérgio. 2006. “Mawé Stative Verbs and Predicate Possession.” In Guaraní y “Mawetí-Tupí-Guaraní”. Estudios Históricos y Descriptivos Sobre Una Familia Lingüística de América Del Sur, edited by Haralambos Symeonidis and Wolf Dietrich, LT Verlag, 47–68. Berlin.

R     Rose, Françoise. 2002. “My Hammock = I Have a Hammock. Possessed Nouns Constituting Possessive Clauses in Emérillon (Tupi-Guarani).” In Línguas Indígenas Brasileiras. Fonologia, Gramática e História. Atas Do I Encontro Internacional Do GTLI Da ANPOLL, edited by Ana Suelly Cabral and Aryon Rodrigues, 1:392–402. Belem, Brésil: CNPQ & Universidade federal do Para.

Velazquez Castillo, Maura. 1996. The Grammar of Possession: Inalienability, Incorporation and Possessor Ascension in Guaraní. Studies in Language Companion Series. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Vieira, M. 2000. “As Sentenças Possessivas Em Mbyá-Guarani : Evidência Para a Distinção Nome e Verbo.” In . Cayenne.



Françoise ROSE

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Objet : [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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