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Project: The expression of possession. The status of Romance and Germanic within the Indo-European area.

project duration
01-JAN-97 – 31-DEC-99
abstract
Possession is among the most fundamental concepts of the organisation of human society.Strikingly, it is one of the most fundamental concepts of the organisation of human language as well. Although linguistic studies have unravelled several empirical and theoretical aspects of the expression of possession, still very little is known about the overall architecture of possession. From an empirical point of view, this project aims at giving a detailed overview of the variation patterns in the expression of possession in Romance and Germanic languages.