Alienability (linguistics)

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Alienability as a grammatical concept in some languages, such as Tlingit, Rama, or Paama, related to the concept of possession.

A noun is called inalienable noun, if it must always have a possessed relationship with another noun. The two nouns are said to be in the inalienable possession relationship. The word "mouth" is inalienable, since it is a part of the body.

An alienable noun may be either used alone or may be possessed by another noun, i.e., be in an alienable possession relationship.


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