Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Paperback | February 22, 2015

EditorAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon

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Possession and Ownership brings together linguists and anthropologists in a series of cross-linguistic explorations of expressions used to denote possession and ownership, concepts central to most if not all the varied cultures and ideologies of humankind. Possessive noun phrases can bebroadly divided into three categories - ownership of property, whole-part relations (such as body and plant parts), and blood and affinal kinship relations. As Professor Aikhenvald shows in her extensive opening essay, the same possessive noun or pronoun phrase is used in English and in many other Indo-European languages to express possession of all three kinds - as in 'Ann and her husband Henry live in the castle Henry's father built with his ownhands' - but that this is by no means the case in all languages. In some, for example, the grammar expresses the inalienability of consanguineal kinship and sometimes also of treasured or sacred objects. Furthermore the degree to which possession and ownership are conceived as the same (whenpossession is 100% of the law) differs from one society to another, and this may be reflected in their linguistic expression. Like others in the series this pioneering book will be welcomed equally by linguists and anthropologists.

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Possession and Ownership brings together linguists and anthropologists in a series of cross-linguistic explorations of expressions used to denote possession and ownership, concepts central to most if not all the varied cultures and ideologies of humankind. Possessive noun phrases can bebroadly divided into three categories - ownership ...

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University. She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995) and Warekena (1998), plus A Grammar of Tariana, f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Possession and ownership: a cross-linguistic perspective2. Isabelle Bril: Ownership, part-whole and other possessive-associated relations in Nelemwa3. Gloria J. Gravelle: Possession in Moskona, an East Bird's Head language4. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Possession and ownership in Manambu, a Ndu Language from the Sepik area, Papua New Guinea5. Alan Dench: Possession in Martuthunira6. Lev Michael: Possession in Nanti7. Mark W. Post: Possession and association in Galo language and culture8. Yongxian Luo: Possessive constructions in Chinese9. Anne Storch: Possession in Hone10. Felix Ameka: Possession in Lipke11. Zygmunt Frajzyngier: Possession in Wandala12. Michael Wood: Spirits of the forest, the wind, and new wealth: defining some of the possibilities, and limits, of Kamula possession13. Rosita Henry: Being and belonging: exchange, value, and land ownership in the Western highlands of Papua New Guinea14. R. M. W. Dixon: Possession and also ownership - vignettes

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"This volume, the result of cooperation among eminent linguists and anthropologists, is a significant intellectual achievement." --Lars Johanson, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Project Muse 12/05/14