Conflicting Evidence for the Erzian Genitive

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The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the usage of the absolute,
indeterminate genitive and determinate genitive forms in the Erzian language with the
help of literary sources, where possible. Stress will be placed on the notions of
definiteness vs. neutral deixis, [±]animate, proper vs. common noun and partitivity.
This treaties of the Erzian language has been based on text corpora material
available through the University of Helsinki General Linguistics Department server
and the Max-Planck-Institute in Leipzig. The materials include over 15 000 pages of
fiction, poetry and folk literature. A listing of these Erzian language materials can
also be found in “- 4” (Rueter 2000: 158-161).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeiträge zur Finnougristik aus Anlaß des sechzigsten Geburtstages von Hans-Herman Bartens
EditorsCornelius Hasselblatt, Eino Koponen, Anna Widmer
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherHarrassowitz Verlag
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)3-447-05129-9
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeB2 Book chapter

Publication series

NameVeröffentlichungen der Societas Uralo-Altaica
ISSN (Print)0340-6423

Fields of Science

  • 612 Languages and Literature
  • Erzya
  • deixis
  • genitive case
  • determinate
  • definite
  • possessive marking
  • noun phrase

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