Explaining Alienability Contrasts In Adpossessive Constructions: Predictability Vs. Iconicity

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Haspelmath, Martin;
(2017)

This paper argues that alienability contrasts in adnominal possessive constructions should not be explained by iconicity of distance, but by predictability due to the higher relative frequency of possessed occurrences of inalienable nouns. While it is true that when the... View more
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