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Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660223.001.0001

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Possession and association in Galo language and culture

Possession and association in Galo language and culture

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(p.167) 7 Possession and association in Galo language and culture
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Possession and Ownership
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Mark W. Post

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660223.003.0007

This chapter exhaustively describes the grammar of possession in Galo, a Tibeto-Burman language of the Tani branch spoken in North East India. In the noun phrase grammar, we focus on the functions and semantics of genitive constructions. A section on the predicate grammar then discusses constructions headed by existential verbs, posture verbs, verbs of association and entitlement, verbs of temporary possession, and “propensity predicates”. Adopting a cultural-evolutionary perspective in conclusion, we argue that the concept of “possession” is not well-represented either in Galo language or in Galo culture, and that a more general concept of “association” instead most likely underlies the linguistic structures discussed.

Keywords:   possession, association, external possession, Tibeto-Burman languages, posture verbs, genitive marking, anthropological linguistics, evolutionary linguistics

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