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5.2.2. Possessive pronouns

This section discusses the possessive pronouns. Section starts with a discussion of several semantic subtypes of possessive pronouns. Section discusses the interpretation of the possessive pronouns, and argues that the core meaning of the referential possessive pronouns consists of two parts: the first part is similar to that of the definite article and the second part, which is also found with the other subtypes, introduces a partitioning of the denotation set of the head noun they modify. This section also discusses the types of relationship that the possessive pronoun and the head noun enter into that bring about the aforementioned partitioning. Some referential possessive pronouns have a strong and a weak (phonetically reduced) form, and Section discusses the restrictions on the use of these two forms. Section briefly goes into the binding properties of the possessive pronouns. Section, finally, discusses a number of special cases: the functional use of the weak referential possessive pronouns in examples such as Jan zʼn boek'Janʼs book', the use of the inflected form of the referential possessive pronouns in constructions such as de mijne'mine', and some idiomatic constructions containing possessive pronouns.

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