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A Noun Phrase (NP) may occur within an NP to form various constructions. So, an NP within an NP may be used in various functions.


An NP within the NP may function as a possessor. The NP has a designated position for the possessor. The possessor precedes the noun and it is either doubled by a pronoun or marked with the genitive. The possessor must be a person. Two examples are given below:

Example 1

a. Bjinse syn oerwinning
Bjinse his victory
Bjinse's victory
b. Bjinse syn boek
Bjinse his book
Bjinse's book

The position of the possessor within the NP is comparable to the position of the subject in the clause:

Example 2

a. Bjinse oerwûn
Bjinse was.victorious
Bjinse was victorious
b. Bjinse hat in boek
Bjinse has a book
Bjinse has a book

An NP within an NP may also function as a partitive construction, that is, a combination of a noun denoting a measure of quantification and a content noun. The partitive construction is sometimes referred to as a binominal construction. An example is given below:

Example 3

In doaze mei flikken
a box with chocolate.drops
A box of chocolate drops

Pronouns are a special kind of NP, they are discussed in Pronouns.