Inalienable possession as grammatical category and discourse pattern

  title={Inalienable possession as grammatical category and discourse pattern},
  author={Paul Kockelman},
  journal={Studies in Language},
This essay analyzes the grammatical category of inalienable possession by examining the interaction of morphosyntatic forms, semantic features, pragmatic functions, and discourse frequencies. Using data from Q’eqchi’-Maya, it is argued that inalienable possession may be motivated relative to two dimensions: (1) whatever any person is strongly presumed to possess (identifiability); (2) whatever such personal possessions are referred to frequently (relevance). In regards to frequency, inalienable… 

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