Determiner Phrase or Genitive Phrase?

An examination of possessive structures in Danish and English


  • Peter Katballe-Kristensen Aarhus University


Dialects, Generative grammar, Comparative syntax, Possessive construction


This paper seeks to analyze the possessive construction in English and Danish through the lens of two competing analytical frameworks. First, the two frameworks – the Genitive Phrase model and the Determiner Phrase model - are presented and strengths and weaknesses are accounted for. Then, the frameworks are applied to standard possessive constructions from Danish and English. Finally, a unique construction from a dialect of Danish is introduced and tested against the two models. This paper finds that the Determiner Phrase model has a more complete explanation for the different examples.


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How to Cite

Katballe-Kristensen, P. (2022). Determiner Phrase or Genitive Phrase? An examination of possessive structures in Danish and English. Journal of Language Works - Sprogvidenskabeligt Studentertidsskrift, 7(1), 22–39. Retrieved from