Germanic possessive -s

An empirical, historical and theoretical study

Publications

Conference presentations

  • Scott, Alan, David Denison & Kersti Börjars. 2007. Is the English possessive ‘s truly a right edge phenomenon?  The Second International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE2), University of Toulouse-le Mirail, 2 July 2007. (The handout is available for download from the following link: Is the English possessive ’s truly a right edge phenomenon? (PDF, 47 KB)
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan Scott. 2007. Dimensions of clitics. LAGB, King’s College London, 31 August 2007.
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan Scott. 2008. What makes clitics tick? IMM 13, University of Vienna, 3-6 February 2008.
  • Harries, Pauline. 2008. Double definiteness and the Faroese Noun Phrase. 3rd Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 9 July 2008.
  • Harries, Pauline. 2008. The Faeroese sa(r) and the s-possessive. 23rd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, Uppsala University, 1-3 October 2008.
  • Denison, David, Alan Scott & Kersti Börjars. 2008. What’s wrong with possessive ‘s? ISLE1, University of Freiburg, 8-11 October 2008. The presentation slides are available for download via the following link: What’s wrong with possessive ’s? (PDF, 98 KB)
  • Scott, Alan, Kersti Börjars & David Denison. 2009. The development of possessive expressions in the Germanic languages. 19ICHL, Radboud University Nijmegen, 10-14 August 2009. The presentation slides are available for download via the following link: The Development of Possessive Expressions in the Germanic Languages (PDF, 215 KB)
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Grzegorz Krajewski. 2011. Poss-s vs poss-of revisited. ISLE2, Boston University, workshop on Genitive variation in English, 18 June 2011. The presentation slides are available for download via the following link: Poss-s vs poss-of revisited (PDF, 475 KB)

Papers

  • Börjars, Kersti & Pauline Harries. 2008. The clitic-affix distinction, historical change, and Scandinavian bound definiteness marking. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 20, 289-350.
  • Denison, David, Alan Scott & Kersti Börjars. 2010. The real distribution of the English “group genitive”. Studies in Language 34, 532-64. The paper is available for download via the following link: The real distribution of the English “group genitive” (PDF, 224 KB)
  • Scott, Alan, Kersti Börjars & David Denison. under revision. The development of possessive constructions in the Germanic languages. The paper is available for download via the following link: The development of possessive constructions in the Germanic languages (PDF, 590 KB)
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison, Grzegorz Krajewski & Alan Scott. 2013. Expression of possession in English:  The significance of the right edge. In Börjars, Denison & Scott (eds.), 123-48.

Book

  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan Scott (eds.). 2013. Morphosyntactic categories and the expression of possession (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 199). Amsterdam and Philadelphia PA: John Benjamins

Database

The database of English and Swedish possessive NPs built up by the project is now available on this site in an online version (programmed by Christopher White) for other researchers to use, with full search, sort, context view and download facilities. It can also be supplied in the form of a FileMaker Pro 8 database on application to David Denison. A version in non-proprietary format is under preparation and will be made available for download from the Manchester Institutional Repository and OTA.