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Rhythm in Cognition and Grammar
English has two syntactically distinct constructions for expressing the possessor and possessum relationship: the s-genitive and the of-genitive: (1) a. the car's wheel b. the wheel of the car The s-genitive (1a) is a single noun phrase, where the possessor car occurs before the possessum wheel accompanied by the possessive clitic -s. The of-genitive (1b) consists of two noun phrases, with the possessor car located in a prepositional phrase headed by of. The choice between the two Englishdoi:10.1515/9783110378092.207 fatcat:346syzp77jedlpoxkxg5oki6se