Bibliography on possessives and related problems:



Online versions of some papers are only drafts, see the authors' pages for corresponding notes.

The bibliography is not exhaustive, of course. See the ongoing project Resources for Research on Genitives/Possessives and Beyond for some more information.



26.05.2001 some references which did not concern possessives directly were MOVED to

Nominal compounds selected bibliography.

Partitives and classifiers selected bibliography.

27.11.2001 some references were MOVED to

Bibliography on possessives in non-European languages.


The list of recent changes.


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