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Consanguinity and Possession in Varieties of Dutch

  • Johan Rooryck (a1) and Erik Schoorlemmer (a1)
Abstract

Southern varieties of Dutch use the 1st person plural form of the possessive pronoun ons as a marker of consanguinity with proper names, as in ons Emma ‘Emma, our consanguineous family member’. This use of ons ‘our’ has some remarkable properties: It is incompatible with adjectival modification and contrastive stress. These properties are shared with a construction from Standard Dutch: complex prenominal s- possessors consisting of the 1st person singular form of the possessive pronoun and a kinship term as in mijn vaders fiets ‘my father's bike’. We propose that both these constructions are constructional idioms (Booij 2002), a lexical template with a variable part. This offers a straightforward account of the properties of these constructions. *

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Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL), P.O. BOX 9515, 2300 RA, The Netherlands [j.e.c.v.rooryck@hum.leidenuniv.nl] [e.schoorlemmer@hum.leidenuniv.nl]
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Journal of Germanic Linguistics
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