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Explaining alienability contrasts in adnominal possession: Economy vs. iconicity

  • 1. Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie

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In this talk, I claim that the universals of form-function relationship in alienability contrasts should not be explained in terms of iconic motivation, as in Haiman's (1983) influential paper, but by economic motivation and the frequency of occurrence in possessed constructions.

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