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Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660223.001.0001

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Possession in Wandala

Possession in Wandala

(p.243) 11 Possession in Wandala
Possession and Ownership

Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Oxford University Press

In the domain of modification by nouns or pronouns, Wandala (Central Chadic) makes a distinction between two subdomains: the modification of inherently relational noun and the modification of all other nouns and other lexical categories. The two subdomains subsume all of the semantic relations listed under the label ‘Possessive constructions’ in Dixon 2010. Neither subdomain codes possessive modification as it is understood in traditional linguistic terminology (Matthews 1997 and chapter 1 of the present volume). The language does, however, have a domain of possessive predication that is distinct from all other predications in the language. Though the possessive predication has the form ‘[be] with X’, it is distinct from the predication of co-existence. Possessive predication can also be realized through affirmative and negative existential predications.

Keywords:   possession, modification, Chadic languages, Wandala, kinship nouns, relational nouns

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