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Prominent Internal Possessors$
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András Bárány, Oliver Bond, and Irina Nikolaeva

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812142.001.0001

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Conditions on prominent internal possessors in Turkish

Conditions on prominent internal possessors in Turkish

(p.163) 6 Conditions on prominent internal possessors in Turkish
Prominent Internal Possessors

Asli Göksel

Balkiz Öztürk

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the syntactic properties of the prominent possessor constructions in Turkish. Possessors of possessive phrases become prominent only in a set of well-defined constructions, namely, from within an adverbial clause, typically containing a body part idiom. These idioms have the structure NP-POSS V, where N is a noun of inalienable possession, V is an unaccusative verb, and the idiom itself is paraphraseable as a psych-verb. The chapter analyses the syntactic structure of these idioms and proposes that the subject position in the adverbial clause is occupied by PRO. PRO is in the c-command domain of the matrix subject and is the locus of the experiencer of the unaccusative verb. The possessor is coindexed with this experiencer via its morphosyntactic features.

Keywords:   body part idiom, experiencer, inalienable possession, unaccusative verb, Turkish

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