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date: 17 November 2018

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The concepts of possession and ownership are among the first to be expressed by children when they start acquiring language. This chapter starts with an overview of the properties of possession cross-linguistically followed by a review of the literature on the acquisition of possession in five languages—English, German, Greek, Hebrew, and Japanese. The studies on the acquisition of possession are discussed in relation to learnability issues and avenues are identified for future research on the acquisition of possession.

Keywords: possessives, prepositional possessives, pronominal possessives, adnominal possession, recursive possessives, genitive case, grammatical morphemes, constraints, frequency, input

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