Double Possessive Constructions in Bosnian

SALČIĆ, Aida (2013) Double Possessive Constructions in Bosnian. 3rd International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.

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Key words: Double possessives, genitive, Bosnian, English ABSTRACT This paper deals with the colloquial constructions in Bosnian of the type "žena mi u mene" ('this wife of mine') that we posit to be instances of the Double Possessive Construction (DPC). Such constructions in Bosnian are both stylistically and regionally marked, somewhat archaic and typically used to express inalienable possession, i.e. possession entailing kinship and familiar objects (e.g. 'daughter', 'car', etc.). This construction has been overlooked by both formal linguistic literature and by traditional prescriptive grammars of Bosnian. This paper in turn assumes a descriptive approach to this issue and the analysis of the phenomenon of double possessive constructions in Bosnian is done within the framework of generative grammar. In order to demonstrate the characteristics of this construction, including the restrictions that apply to this phrase, we will also compare it to the English double genitive constructions, also frequently referred to as double possessive constructions. The paper also presents the results of a small-scale survey of native speakers of Bosnian about their native speaker intuitions regarding the (un)acceptability of the word order permutations in the double possessive construction in Bosnian.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Education Faculty > English Language and Literature Department
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Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 07:44
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