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Determiners and possessives

Cynthia L. Allen

in Genitives in Early English

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216680
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191711893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.003.0007
Determiners and possessives

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This chapter examines combinations of determiners and possessives in earlier English. While the combination determiner + possessive is well attested in other Germanic languages, the combination possessor and determiner is rarer and has received scant attention. Arguments for the non-definiteness of possessives based on their co-occurrence with determiners are dismissed.

Keywords: Old English; Middle English; Early Modern English; possessive; determiner

Chapter.  13945 words. 

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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