MULL-lab will be meeting this Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 pm. Meetings take place in Rm. 002 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person.
This week, Chase will be presenting a talk entitled: ‘Accounting for possession in Kanien’kéha’. The abstract is below.
Possessum incorporation is required in order for the possessor to be marked as an argument of the verb in Kanien’kéha (Northern Iroquoian) external possession. However, the restrictions on which possessums may be externally possessed do not follow from regular restrictions on noun incorporation in the language. I argue that these restrictions on external possession follow directly from the different structures of alienable and inalienable possession. A complete account of possession makes additional predictions bearing on noun incorporation, specifically arguing that DeCaire et al.’s (2017) proposal for noun incorporation in the absence of information structural features is too weak and that all theme roots must incorporate.
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