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Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences

Neil Myler


A major question for linguistic theory concerns how the structure of sentences relates to their meaning. There is broad agreement in the field that there is some regularity in the way that lexical semantics and syntax are related, so that thematic roles are predictably associated with particular syntactic positions. This book examines the syntax and semantics of possession sentences, which are infamous for appearing to diverge dramatically from this broadly regular pattern. On the one hand, possession sentences have too many meanings: in a given language, the construction used to express arche ... More

Keywords: Possession, Argument Structure, Copulas, Quechua, Linguistic Typology, Principles and Parameters, Syntax, Semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034913
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Myler, author
Boston University