Article published in:Morphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession
Edited by Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Alan K. Scott
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 199] 2013
► pp. 177–192
The oblique genitive in English
The English oblique genitive construction, illustrated by examples such as a friend of the Prime Minister’s, has variously been analysed as a conditioned variant of the subject-determiner construction (the Prime Minister’s friend), as a conditioned variant of the of-oblique (a friend of the Prime Minister), or as an equivalent of the partitive (one of the Prime Minister’s friends). Alternatively, the oblique genitive has also been treated as an independent construction which in different ways competes with the rest. In this paper, using both the British National Corpus and web-based examples, we examine the extent of variation permitted by the oblique genitive, and conclude that its treatment as an independent construction is the correct one.
Published online: 30 January 2013
Cited by 2 other publications
Lowe, John J.
PAYNE, JOHN & EVA BERLAGE
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