An inalienable noun is a noun that
It may require a distinguishing possessive form.
(Awa, Papua New Guinea)
In Awa, the body part and kinship terms are expressed as inalienable nouns.
McKaughan, Howard, and Aretta Loving. 1973. "Possessive prefixes occurring with inalienable Awa nouns." In McKaughan 1973
Crystal, David. 1980.A first dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Boulder, CO: Westview.
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