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Term for Possessive Structure (was: Types of Possession)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Monday, January 14, 2008, 15:41
>Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:
>Many languages distinguish between "alienable" and "inalienable" >possession.
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? Charlie


ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>Term for Possessive Structure