[Lingtyp] Phonological differences of alienable vs. inalienable possession

Nigel Vincent nigel.vincent at manchester.ac.uk
Mon Jan 31 08:52:17 UTC 2022

Dear Marie-Luise,
In many southern Italian 'dialects' and in Romanian the possessive for inalienables is an enclitic marker derived from the same etymological source as the alienable possessive e.g. Neapolitan patemo 'my father' vs o cane mio 'my dog' - literally 'the dog my', where both mio and mo are reflexes, respectively tonic and atonic, of Latin meu(m). There is a brief discussion with references on pp. 755-6 of my chapter 'Determination and quantification' in Andreas Dufter & Elisabeth Stark (eds) Manual of Romance Morphosyntax and Syntax, De Gruyter, 2017.

Professor Nigel Vincent, FBA MAE
Professor Emeritus of General & Romance Linguistics
The University of Manchester

Linguistics & English Language
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester

From: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of TasakuTsunoda <tasakutsunoda at nifty.com>
Sent: 31 January 2022 8:41 AM
To: Marie-Luise Popp <marie_luise.popp at uni-leipzig.de>; lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org <lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org>
Subject: Re: [Lingtyp] Phonological differences of alienable vs. inalienable possession


Dear Colleague,

    The following work may be relevant.

Haiman, John. 1985. Natural syntax[:] Iconicity and erosion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

I don’t have an access to this book now, but if I remember correctly, this book discusses morphosyntactic differences between expressions of alienable possession and those of inalienable possession. It may discuss phonological differences as well.

Best wishes,

Tasaku Tsunoda

2022/01/28 20:10 に、"Lingtyp (Marie-Luise Popp の代理)" <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org (marie_luise.popp at uni-leipzig.de の代理)> を書き込みました:

    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


    If anyone knows of more languages of this type, I would be grateful for

    references and comments.


    Luise (Leipzig University)



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