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Barany, Andras and Nikolaeva, Irina (2020) 'Possessive and non-identity relations in Turkic switch-reference.' Studies in Language, 44 (3). pp. 606-658.

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This paper provides an overview of non-canonical patterns of switch-reference involving the converb in -(V)p in selected Turkic languages. This converb is usually described as a same-subject converb, but we show that it can conform to McKenzie’s (2012) extended definition of “same-subject” as expressing the identity of topic situations, rather than subject referents. In addition to tracking cross-clausal subject identity, -(V)p can be used when the possessor of the subject of one clause corefers with the subject of another clause and when the events expressed by the two clauses are in a close temporal and/or causal relationship. Based on Stirling (1993) and Bárány & Nikolaeva (2019) , we argue that the role of possessors in Turkic switch-reference is captured by lexically specified conditions licensing the use of -(V)p when two subjects are in a possessive relation. Finally, we suggest that both types of non-canonical switch-reference can be seen as ensuring discourse continuity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: possessive constructions; switch-reference; discourse continuity; non-canonical switch-reference; Turkic
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 03784177
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Studies in Language published by John Benjamins
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Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 15:23
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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