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Possessives in English


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Table of Contents

1: Preliminaries
2: Theoretical Orientation
3: Some Basic Notions of Cognitive Grammar
4: Syntax in Cognitive Grammar
5: The Constituent Structure of Prenominal Possessives
6: Prenominal Possessives: Some Generative Approaches
7: Specificity and Definiteness of Prenominal Possessives
8: Possessors as Topics
9: The Cue Validity of the Possessor
10: Ing-nominalizations
11: Possessive Compounds
12: Other Possessive Constructions
13: Possession

About the Author

John R. Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Otago. He is the author of Linguistic Categorization: Prototypes in Linguistic Theory (OUP 1989; second edition 1995), and editor (with R. MacLaury) of Language and the Cognitive Construal of the World (Mouton de Gruyter 1995).


`meticulously written, cogent and profound ... this book must be credited with overall success because of exhaustive material, the richness of the analysis and the way it presents its ideas.'
Linguist List 12.1731
`destined to become one of the keystone texts of this specific school of theorization and research ... This remarkable monograph would be of great value to anyone interested in cognitive linguistics, and cognitive grammar in particular.'
Linguist List 12.1731
`Few topics in English linguistics match the possessive in richness of construction types, token frequency, and the lenge for both a syntactician and a semanticist. Yet, apart from a number of recent dissertations and a monograph or two, this may be the first full-bore, book-length treatment of the English possessive, which makes Taylor's book a welcome addition to the growing body of literature approaching the syntax-semantics interface . . . it is an
excellent starting point, and one which can lead us further into a much-desired convergence of theoretical frameworks.'
Chris Barker and Maria Polinsky, University of California, San Diego, Language 74(4)

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