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Nikolaeva, Irina (2020) 'Constructional analogy and reanalysis in possessive applicatives.' Glossa, 5 (1).

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Abstract

Although possessors internal to an argument DP do not qualify as canonical controllers of verbal agreement, in some languages an internal possessor may be cross-referenced on an applicative verb. The aim of the paper is to propose a historical scenario for the emergence of this pattern, following the basic insights of the constructional approach to language change. The paper argues that this pattern is a historical innovation. It emerged when the external possessor was reanalysed as internal, a process that has parallels in some languages with dative possessors. The change was motivated by cross-constructional analogy, namely, formal and semantic assimilation to the class of internal possessive constructions. When constituency was reanalysed, the location of agreement remained intact creating a non-local configuration.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 23971835
Copyright Statement: © 2020 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.1231
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 14:23
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/32990
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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