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Possessives within and beyond NP

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Abstract

The paper considers possessives in two <i>ezafe</i> -constructions in Tatar, a language without articles. More specifically, possessives in the so-called <i>ezafe</i> -2 and <i>ezafe</i> -3 constructions are distinguished formally by the presence of the genitive case on the possessive and the agreeing form of the possessive marker on the head in <i>ezafe</i> -3, but not in <i>ezafe</i> -2. The two types of possessors appear in distinct structural positions in the elaborate structure of a noun phrase, though neither of them remains inside NP. The two types of possessives themselves are of different size: the possessive in <i>ezafe</i> -3 is a full-fledged DP, but the possessive in <i>ezafe</i> -2 is a Small Nominal (Pereltsvaig 2006).

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