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Whence the Austronesian indirect possessive construction?

Donohue, Mark; Schapper, Antoinette


Possession in some Austronesian languages shows levels of elaboration far in excess of cross-linguistic norms, while in others it is strikingly unelaborated. The appearance of alienable/inalienable contrasts has been assumed to result from contact with Papuan languages, and the existence of a paradigm of indirect possessive classifiers is cited as one of the pieces of evidence for the Oceanic subgroup, while acknowledging that indirect possession constructions can be found in Malayo-Polynesian...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics
DOI: 10.1353/ol.0.0017


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