The separated genitive in English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Genitives in Early English

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216680
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191711893 | DOI:
The separated genitive in English

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This chapter looks at the ‘his genitive’ in earlier stages of English. It is concluded that except for a brief period in Early Modern English, there is no evidence for a possessor doubling construction parallel to those found in many Germanic languages. The possessor doubling construction found in Early Modern English appears to have arisen as a re-analysis of the phrase-final -s genitive.

Keywords: possessor doubling; linguistic typology; his genitive; Middle English; Early Modern English; reanalysis

Chapter.  22996 words. 

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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