Sunday, 8 April 2012

Possession As A Circumstantial Relation [Language Typology]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 247):
In principle, possession can be thought of as another kind of circumstantial relation … many languages typically indicate possession by circumstantials … The nearest in English is the verb belong

Possessive Relational Clauses

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 244-5):
In the ‘possessive’ type, the relationship between the two terms is one of ownership; on entity possesses another … In addition to possession in the narrow sense of ‘owning’, the category of ‘possessive’ clauses also includes possession in a broader, more generalised sense — possession of body parts and other part–whole relations, containment, involvement and the like … Possession thus has to be interpreted quite broadly, in the sense of ‘extension’: one entity is construed as being extended by another.