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Genitives in Early EnglishTypology and Evidence$
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Cynthia L. Allen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.001.0001

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The separated genitive in English

The separated genitive in English

(p.223) 6 The separated genitive in English
Genitives in Early English

Cynthia L. Allen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the ‘his genitive’ in earlier stages of English. It is concluded that except for a brief period in Early Modern English, there is no evidence for a possessor doubling construction parallel to those found in many Germanic languages. The possessor doubling construction found in Early Modern English appears to have arisen as a re-analysis of the phrase-final -s genitive.

Keywords:   possessor doubling, linguistic typology, his genitive, Middle English, Early Modern English, reanalysis

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