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Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences$
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Neil Myler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034913

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.001.0001

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Extending the Typology II: The WITH-Possessive

Extending the Typology II: The WITH-Possessive

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(p.385) 7 Extending the Typology II: The WITH-Possessive
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Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences
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Neil Myler

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.003.0007

This chapter sketches an analysis of WITH-Possessives. It is argued that the analysis of Levinson (2011) is correct in its essentials, and that Levinson’s approach can be broadened to account for other subtypes of possession structure beyond temporary possession. A comparison of the Icelandic WITH-Possessive with similar constructions in Bantu languages reveals an interesting difference. While the Icelandic WITH-Possessive is semantically restricted in a way that suggests that Icelandic með ‘with’ retains its comitative semantics in possessive contexts, Bantu WITH-Possessives are not restricted in this way. I analyse the Bantu situation as a case of grammaticalization, understood as a subtype of reanalysis along the lines of Roberts and Rousseau (2003).

Keywords:   Possession, WITH, Icelandic, Bantu, Copulas, Grammaticalization

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