External versus internal possessor structures and inalienability in Russian

Abstract : This study deals with the choice between two external possessor structures in Russian: the possessive dative and the U + genitive PP. Is shows that this choice is primarily related to the thematic role of the possessor adjunct, which can vary with the same verb: the possessive dative presents it as a goal or as an experiencer, while the U-construction views it as a source or a location. Two general conclusions can be drawn from this study: - Russian views the possessive relation through its relationship with space. - Russian external possessor structures reflect two different delimitations of inalienable possession, one restricted to animate referents for the dative and one extended to a wide range of possessive relations including inanimate referents for the U-construction.
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Katia Paykin, Marleen Van Peteghem. External versus internal possessor structures and inalienability in Russian . Russian Linguistics, Springer Verlag, 2003, 27, pp.329-348. ⟨10.1023/A:1027373010332⟩. ⟨hal-01532362⟩

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