Possessivo sem 's

Por que às vezes não se usa 's para o possessivo? Um exemplo que acabei de ver: "Typika Psalms" para significar os "Salmos da Typika". Por que não "Typika's Psalms"?

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Será que alguém poderia me explicar, por favor?

Outro exemplo seria:

"I'm an English teacher"

Por que não "I'm an English's teacher"?
Hi Philippe,
Every time there is n o "S" it means that something is being qualified by an adjective. So it has not the idea of possession.
I do not know whether you are dure of the meaning of Typika. It sounds like Catholic vocabulary, hence the psalms might be described here with an adjective in Latin.
So, when you read Typika Psalms. It is likely that the meaning here is: Salmos tipicos, normais (Os mais utilizados, mais usados).

Now, if I am totally wrong about the meaning of typika, never mind. You can still follow the same structure above, to understand once for all.

Let's use your example:

"I'm an English teacher" Por que não "I'm an English's teacher"?

1) English here describes, qualifies, the teacher, and for this reason we need the adjective to say: Professor "de" ingles.

2) If you say: I'm an English's teacher, with the 's (meaning possession), means that you are a teacher of one person who is English. Eu sou professor de um Ingles (pessoa nascida na Inglaterra). You, as a teacher belong to the student.

Do you agree then how it does not make sense?

Hope it helps.
Thank you so much, Andressa! I understood.

Typika is a catholic vocabulary indeed, but of the byzantine rite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typika ).