Nominal possession in Mochica

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Abstract

In this article, I analyze the strategies of coding nominal possession in Mochica, as described by Carrera (1644). Some languages present possessive systems that treat certain groups of nouns in different manners, this phenomenon being known as ‘possessive split’. Mochica exhibits a special inalienability split that cannot be identified as a strict bipartite system, but rather as a formal continuum which corresponds iconically to the relational distance (conceptual)
between the possessor and the possessed. This way, on one end of the continuum we have the most archaic possessive construction, which corresponds to inalienable possession, while the most innovative possessive constructions, which correspond to alienable possession, are located on the other end.
Translated title of the contributionNominal possession in Mochica
Original languageSpanish (Peru)
Article number5
Peer-reviewed scientific journalIndiana
Volume37
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)101-128
Number of pages28
ISSN0341-8642
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

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