Term for Possessive Structure (was: Types of Possession)
|Date:||Monday, January 14, 2008, 15:41|
>Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:
>Many languages distinguish between "alienable" and "inalienable"
I have decided to use a construct state to indicate possession by an
animate agent. Now I'm looking for a grammatical term to describe
this specific kind of possession.
"Alienable vs. inalienable" doesn't apply because one can say `angar
venkos,' the courier's message, as well as `angar kaflos,' the
courier's head. `Angar' would be the construct form of `angarus.' The
construct form is the root of the word.
In keeping with its use with animate agents, one would also
say, `vaas kaflos,' the vulture's head (vaas < vaases), and `dor
vaalos,' the tree's leaf (dor < doris).
Likewise with certain natural phenomena which are viewed as animate,
e.g., `suul lheras,' the sun's heat (suul < suules).
Possession by an inanimate object would continue to be expressed by
the genitive case, e.g., eensosyo acos,' the sword's point.
Any suggestions as to what I could call this type of possession?