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'Ei helvetes dame’ : on Scandinavian pseudopossessors

  • Kevin McCafferty
  • Kristin Killie
  • Tove Bull
Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Contexts — Historical, Social, Linguistic
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Peter Lang Publishing Group


In Scandinavian, nominal phrases can contain constituents that look like possessors without having a possessor theta role. These constituents, which I call pseudopossessors, come in three types: swearword pseudopossessors, measure pseudopossessors, and characterising pseudopossessors. I argue in this paper that pseudopossessors are -s-marked constituents that are located in the adjectival field inside DPs. They are also like adjectives semantically, and the suffixed -s is not the marker of a possession relation. Swearword pseudopossessors are also much like adjectives syntactically. However, measure pseudopossessors and characterising pseudopossessors are themselves DPs, and for this reason they may interfere with the realisation of a definite D in their host DP.



  • Languages and Literatures
  • possessors
  • Scandinavian
  • pseudopossessors
  • nominal phrases


  • ISBN: 3-03910-625-2

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