The Semantics & Morphosyntax of the R-relation in Yoruba Genitive Constructions
This paper examines the semantics and morpho-syntax of the R-relations found in Yoruba genitive constructions, claiming that such a relation can be pragmatically determined (via discourse-linking), lexically determined via the inherent meaning of relational nouns or as inalienable body-part nouns. It establishes that in Yoruba, it is possible to have a genitive relation without possession; but, conversely, all cases of nominal possession show some kind of genitive relation. It proposes a small clause vP as the base structure from which all the attested genitive constructions in the language can be derived.
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Ajiboye, O. (2007), The Semantics & Morphosyntax of the R-relation in Yoruba Genitive Constructions. Nigerian Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Policy Reforms Festschrift Series No.6, (pp. 603-612)