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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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Determiners and possessives

Determiners and possessives

(p.274) 7 Determiners and possessives
Genitives in Early English

Cynthia L. Allen (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines combinations of determiners and possessives in earlier English. While the combination determiner + possessive is well attested in other Germanic languages, the combination possessor and determiner is rarer and has received scant attention. Arguments for the non-definiteness of possessives based on their co-occurrence with determiners are dismissed.

Keywords:   Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, possessive, determiner

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