Wednesday, March 23, 2005

composition of generic possessives

based on the analysis for regular possessives.

example: butcher's knife

structure: [[butcher's][knife]

the structural difference between regular and generic possessives is in the categories. as argued in munn 1995, strauss 2005, and elsewhere, regular possessives are DPs and their possessors are in Spec-DP, while generic possessives are subphrases of DP, perhaps NPs.


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