[Lingtyp] Phonological differences of alienable vs. inalienable possession

Matthew Baerman m.baerman at surrey.ac.uk
Fri Jan 28 12:17:19 UTC 2022

Hi Luise

Irina Monich has described a contrast in Nuer (West Nilotic) which is manifested by differing sets of tonal interactions. Her presentation from last year's Nilo-Saharan Colloquium is here:  https://zenodo.org/record/5395224#.YfPdjv7MKUl


Matthew Baerman
Surrey Morphology Group
University of Surrey

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Subject: [Lingtyp] Phonological differences of alienable vs. inalienable possession

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.


Luise (Leipzig University)


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