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Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Neil Myler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

A major question for linguistic theory concerns how the structure of sentences relates to their meaning. There is broad agreement in the field that there is some regularity in the way that lexical ... More


Introduction

Neil Myler

in Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter introduces the two major puzzles posed by possession sentences: the too-many-meanings puzzle and the too-many-(surface)-structures puzzle. The too-many-meanings puzzle is that languages ... More


Previous Approaches to Predicative Possession: A Guide for the Perplexed

Neil Myler

in Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter aims to summarize previous approaches to the too-many-meanings puzzle and the too-many-surface-structures puzzle, providing a uniquely detailed and up-to-date appreciation of recent ... More


The Micro-Comparative Syntax of Possession in Quechua

Neil Myler

in Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

The approach of this book makes two important predictions different from those of the Freeze/Kayne tradition: (a.) possession constructions can vary in the place in the structure where the possessor ... More


Extending the Typology I: Predicativization

Neil Myler

in Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

Stassen (2009) points out a set of possession constructions in which the possessee appears as the predicate in a copular construction. In these constructions, the possessee appears to be marked by a ... More


Extending the Typology II: The WITH-Possessive

Neil Myler

in Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter sketches an analysis of WITH-Possessives. It is argued that the analysis of Levinson (2011) is correct in its essentials, and that Levinson’s approach can be broadened to account for ... More


Conclusions and Prospects

Neil Myler

in Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034913
eISBN:
9780262336130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter begins by giving a brief overview of the arguments made in the main body of the book. It then examines prospects for extending the approach to other constructions that involve HAVE and ... More


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