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What is an alienable noun?

 

Definition
 

An alienable noun is a noun that

 
  • refers to something viewed as not permanently or necessarily possessed, and
  • is thus not obligatorily expressed as possessed in a language that also has inalienable nouns.
Generic
  An alienable noun is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 20

 

McKaughan and Loving 1973 31


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