|From:||Ian Spackman <ianspackman@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 19:51|
My copy of _Describing Morphosyntax_ arrived today, so I've started reading
it. Something I'd like to know more about than appears (at least so far)
in the book:
I was aware of the distinction between head- and dependent-marking in
possessive constructions, and was rather surprised to learn that
head-marking is the more common. But more interesting is the comment that
the patterns tend to apply across different sort of phrases in the language
(nominal, adpositional, verbal).
How does this work? Does anyone have any examples? I cannot recall having
met, for instance, an inflected adposition, myself.
It's a shame that the only example in the book is one of possession (Zhon
kitab-é 'John's book' (Farsi)).