Split possession and the syntax of kinship nouns in Norwegian

  title={Split possession and the syntax of kinship nouns in Norwegian},
  author={Helge L{\o}drup},
  journal={The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics},
  • H. Lødrup
  • Published 15 May 2014
  • Linguistics
  • The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics
Many languages have possessive constructions which treat different groups of nouns in different ways; this phenomenon is called split possession. The groups of nouns that are usually given special treatment are body part nouns and kinship nouns. Some split possession languages treat them the same way, while others treat them differently. This article discusses the syntax of kinship nouns in Norwegian. It is shown that they are grammatically different from alienable nouns, and both similar to… 
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