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From:Pavel Iosad <edricson@...>
Date:Thursday, February 5, 2004, 13:24

> Meþinks a paradox ariseþ in ðe construct case hisuse, for > hwereas posession > is marked on ðe þing possessed, ðe gramatical role must > ðerefore be marked > upon ðe possessor, even ðough ðis role aplieþ strictly to ðe > posessed and not to ðe posessor.
I'm not sure I'm following you. Construct case is an instance of head- marking, yet I do not think that completely head-marking languages exist. The distinction between construct-case and genitive-case constructions does not have anything to do with assigning, for instance, thematic roles to the NP. Whether the thematic role of a given argument is marked on the NP itself (by case, for instance, and there may be different techniques for expressing it - it might be only the head, or all words in the NP, or whatever) or on the verb (as in Swahili) is totally orthogonal to the question of head-marking vs. dependent marking in possessive constructions. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth --Welsh saying


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