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Linguistica Uralica
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Possessive Constructions in the Obdorsk Dialect of the Khanty Language; pp. 129-150

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Victoria Vorobeva, Irina Novitskaya


The paper presents an analysis of the structural types of possessive constructions in the Obdorsk dialect of Khanty. It is shown that in this dialect the concept of possession is encoded by means of adnominal and predicative possessive constructions of differing structural types. Adnominal possessive constructions can be built according to five structural models with an explicit or implicit possessor, in four of which the head is marked with a possessive suffix. Predicative possessive constructions can be built with the verbs ’have’, ’be’, ’not to be’ and ’remain’. The canonical possessive construction is transitive, with both the possessor and possessed uncoded. Predicative esse-constructions are less frequent and may incorporate a marked possessed.


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