Marks of Possession in Wayuunaiki

Las marcas de posesión en wayunaiki

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Rudecindo Ramírez González

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The objective of this paper is to analyze and interpret the morphological marks that refer to possession in the grammatical context of the name; likewise, demonstrate how a nominal possessive structure is built in this language. The analysis of the data collected in the field was done from the perspective of descriptive linguistics (Himmelmann, 1998; Chelliah & De Reuse, 2011), which includes the collection of first-source data, the detection of regular patterns that underlie the functioning of the grammatical aspects studied and their study based on categories and terminology that are widely disseminated in descriptive works. In Wayuunaiki, position marks are distinguished: the inalienable possession marks and the alienable possession marks. To the category of inalienable belong the names that refer to the parts of the human body, the terms of kinship, the parts of the body of animals, the parts of plants, some inanimate names that refer to things closely related to humans. Morphologically, Wayuunaiki treats inalienable and alienable names differently.

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