'Ei helvetes dame’ : on Scandinavian pseudopossessors

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In Scandinavian, nominal phrases can contain constituents that look like possessors without having a possessor theta role. These constituents, which I call pseudopossessors, come in three types: swearword pseudopossessors, measure pseudopossessors, and characterising pseudopossessors. I argue in this paper that pseudopossessors are -s-marked constituents that are located in the adjectival field inside DPs. They are also like adjectives semantically, and the suffixed -s is not the marker of a possession relation. Swearword pseudopossessors are also much like adjectives syntactically. However, measure pseudopossessors and characterising pseudopossessors are themselves DPs, and for this reason they may interfere with the realisation of a definite D in their host DP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContexts — Historical, Social, Linguistic
EditorsKevin McCafferty, Kristin Killie, Tove Bull
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
ISBN (Print)3-03910-625-2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Languages and Literature


  • possessors
  • Scandinavian
  • pseudopossessors
  • nominal phrases


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