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The syntax of possession in Whitesands

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Hammond, J. (2008). The syntax of possession in Whitesands. Talk presented at Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Post-Graduate Conference. Melbourne University. 2008-11-21 - 2008-11-22.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-63E8-D
Abstract
This talk investigates the direct (also inalienable) and indirect (also alienable) possession constructions in Whitesands, a language of southern Vanuatu. It shows that Whitesanads has a class of possessive classifiers that make a GENERAL, EAT, DRINK and PLANT distinction. Further, there is evidence that there are a separate class of nouns that take obligatory arguments, i.e. the direct possession structure.