[Lingtyp] Phonological differences of alienable vs. inalienable possession

Christian Lehmann christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Fri Jan 28 11:41:07 UTC 2022

The literature on Yucatec Maya reports on a tone lowering of the initial 
syllable of a noun in the construction [poss_pronoun N] mainly if N is 
inalienable. S. Lehmann 2002, ch.

Lehmann, Christian 2002,/Possession in Yucatec Maya./ Second, revised 
edition. Erfurt: Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität 
(ASSidUE, 10). [download 

Best, Christian


Am 28.01.2022 um 12:10 schrieb Marie-Luise Popp:
> Dear all,
> I'm looking for languages, in which alienable and inalienable 
> possession is marked by the same set (or at least - phonologically 
> similar) exponents, yet do these exponents undergo different 
> phonological processes in alienable vs. inalienable possession.
> In Ojibwe, for example, vowel hiatus is resolved via consonant 
> epenthesis in alienable possession, but via deletion in inalienable 
> possession.
> If anyone knows of more languages of this type, I would be grateful 
> for references and comments.
> Best,
> Luise (Leipzig University)

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