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Re: Types of Possession -- Tesäfköm: A Constructed Language (S11)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Saturday, December 31, 2005, 13:01
On 12/29/05, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote:
>How > do, say gzb or Ithkuil or other conlangs handle inalienable possession > and what types are possibly distinguished?
gjâ-zym-byn has part/whole postpositions, which are part of the core spacetime postposition system; the suffix -m marks being a part of something, so: im - in; part of om - into; becoming part of rqm - out of; ceasing to be part of It also has a derived postposition "sxu-i" which is used for "possession" of qualities (and more rarely used "sxu-o", "sxu-rq"). There is some overlap in their use; "im" is used of body parts, "sxu-i" of e.g. intelligence, health, wakefulness, etc. -- not just permanent or durable but also transient qualities. Either could be used of intangible faculties like will, reason, and imagination. -- Jim Henry ...Mind the gmail Reply-to: field