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Genitives in Early EnglishTypology and Evidence$
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Cynthia L. Allen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.001.0001

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The separated genitive in English

The separated genitive in English

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(p.223) 6 The separated genitive in English
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Genitives in Early English
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Cynthia L. Allen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.003.0006

This chapter looks at the ‘his genitive’ in earlier stages of English. It is concluded that except for a brief period in Early Modern English, there is no evidence for a possessor doubling construction parallel to those found in many Germanic languages. The possessor doubling construction found in Early Modern English appears to have arisen as a re-analysis of the phrase-final -s genitive.

Keywords:   possessor doubling, linguistic typology, his genitive, Middle English, Early Modern English, reanalysis

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