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Deflexion and the development of the genitive in English

Allen, Cynthia


This article looks at the role of deflexion in the development of the genitive in English and offers an empirical base for evaluating some claims which have been made about how this development proceeded. It focuses primarily on the claim that it was impossible for the genitive to remain as a morphological case once the other case distinctions were lost in the nominal system. This claim is based on a dubious typological argument and evidence is presented that the genitive retained some...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: English Language and Linguistics
DOI: 10.1017/S1360674303211023


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