On the interpretation of alienable vs. inalienable possession: A psycholinguistic investigation

  title={On the interpretation of alienable vs. inalienable possession: A psycholinguistic investigation},
  author={Franti{\vs}ek Lichtenberk and J. Vaid and Hsin-Chin Chen},
Abstract Oceanic languages typically make a grammatical contrast between expressions of alienable and inalienable possession. Moreover, further distinctions are made in the alienable category but not in the inalienable category. The present research tests the hypothesis that there is a good motivation for such a development in the former case. As English does not have a grammaticalized distinction between alienable and inalienable possession, it provides a good testing ground. Three studies… 

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