Marking possession on nouns (Synja Khanty)

Juxta: Possession is expressed through the juxtaposition of the possessor and the possessed noun.

PossSuff: Possession is expressed through the use of a suffix on the possessed noun.


(1) xalewǝt mox-ǝt mɔ̄ś    

eastern man-pl tale

‘the tale of the eastern people’ (Onina 2011: 12)


(2) jis xojat nomǝs-lal

ancient man thought-pl.3sg

‘the thoughts of the ancient man’ (Onina 2011: 12)

In Synja Khanty, the possessor is always expressed by an unmarked adnominal noun, whereas the expression denoting the possessed entity can be either unmarked (1), or it can take a personal suffix (2) (cf. Abondolo 1998: 378–379, Honti 1984: 90–91, Nikolaeva 1999a: 79–84).


Nikolett F. Gulyás