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Body-parts and Possessive Constructions in Mataguayan Languages
NERCESIAN, VERÓNICA; VIDAL, ALEJANDRA
The grammar of body-part expressions: A view from the Americas
Oxford University Press
Año: 2022; p. 310 - 334
This paper argues for the existence of an early possessive classifier *t(V)- that may have distinguished body-parts from the rest of the inalienable nouns in the Mataguayan language family. Evidence of this is the documentation of a t(V)-form or a t(V)-form series in the possessive flexional paradigms in this family. In most cases, it is synchronically reanalysed as a possessive prefix fused to the pronominal possessive prefixes, while in others, *t(V)- seems to have been fused to the root. This suggests that, in Proto-Mataguayan, there may have been only one pronominal series indexing possessor, and that *t(V)- was related to the meaning of the root. We also posit there is a relationship with a formally similar verbal prefix, which classifies agentive intransitive roots, and a presumable semantic extension of *t(V)- from body-part nouns to agency in intransitive predicates.