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Possessive Constructions in Modern Low Saxon

Strunk, Jan Angelo Joachim (2004) Possessive Constructions in Modern Low Saxon. Masters thesis, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University.

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    Abstract

    This thesis is a study of nominal possessive constructions in modern Low Saxon, a West Germanic language which is closely related to Dutch, Frisian, and German. After identifying the possessive constructions in current use in modern Low Saxon, I give a formal syntactic analysis of the four most common possessive constructions within the framework of Lexical Functional Grammar in the first part of this thesis. The four constructions that I will analyze in detail include a pronominal possessive construction with a possessive pronoun used as a determiner of the head noun, another prenominal construction that resembles the English s-possessive, a linker construction in which a possessive pronoun occurs as a possessive marker in between a prenominal possessor phrase and the head noun, and a postnominal construction that involves the preposition van/von/vun and is largely parallel to the English of-possessive. In the second part of this thesis, I report the results of a corpus study on the range of use of the four possessive constructions analyzed in the first part. I show that the four constructions constitute a case of syntactic alternation and try to determine the prototypical contexts in which they are used. I sample a reasonable number of instances of each of the four constructions and annotate them with information about morphosyntactic, semantic, and functional factors in order to obtain an objective picture of the typical uses of the four constructions.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters thesis)
    Creators:
    CreatorsEmail
    Strunk, Jan Angelo Joachimjan.strunk@uni-koeln.de
    Additional Information: \urlhttp://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.606.6803&rep=rep1&type=pdf
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-69154
    Subjects: Language, Linguistics
    Germanic
    Other Germanic languages
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    KeywordsLanguage
    Low SaxonEnglish
    NiederdeutschGerman
    possessive constructionEnglish
    PossessivkonstruktionGerman
    syntactic alternationEnglish
    syntaktische AlternationGerman
    Lexical Functional GrammarUNSPECIFIED
    Faculty: Philosophische Fakultät
    Divisions: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Linguistik
    Language: English
    Date: 2004
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 13 June 2004
    Full Text Status: Public
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    Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 16:02:10
    Referee
    NameAcademic Title
    Bresnan, JoanProf. PhD
    Wasow, ThomasProf. PhD
    Jurafsky, DanielProf. PhD
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6915

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