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Nikolaeva, Irina and Barany, Andras (2019) 'Proximate Possessors.' In: Barany, Andras, Bond, Oliver and Nikolaeva, Irina, (eds.), Prominent Internal Possessors. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 228-258.

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This chapter describes possessive constructions in Tundra Nenets (Uralic) with a particular focus on the behavioural and functional properties of lexical possessors. While pronominal possessors always trigger agreement on the possessed noun, lexical possessors only do so in specific circumstances. Agreeing lexical possessors are referred to as prominent internal possessors (PIPs). The distribution of PIPs is restricted by other third person nominals in the clause. This is explained in terms of obviation: PIPs are inherently proximate and therefore are incompatible with other proximate elements. The chapter further shows that—in contrast to other lexical possessors—PIPs can control subjects of converbial clauses, and argues that it is their phrase-peripheral adjunct-like position that makes them accessible to the phrase-external syntax.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Tundra Nenets, obviation, switch-reference, control, prominent internal possessors, converbs
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISBN: 9780198812142
Copyright Statement: © The Authors 2019. This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Prominent Internal Possessors published by Oxford University Press:
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Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 10:22
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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