Alienable vs. Inalienable Distinction in Nominals

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SG marks a distinction between possession of something thought of as close to a person, and in a way inalienable. Examples of inalienable entities are body parts, relatives, and pets. Alienable objects on the other hand, include most all everyday objects.

Inalienable Possession

Inalienable possession is marked my a possessive pronoun which precedes the possessee, and he pronoun differs depending on the onset of the following word.

Inalienable pronouns before a Consonant:

Person/Gender Singular Plural
1 'moL' 'ar'
2 'doL' 'ur'
3M 'aL' 'an/am'
3F 'a' 'an/am'

Inalienable pronouns before a Vowel:

Person/Gender Singular Plural
1 'm 'ar n-'
2 'd 'ur n-'
3M 'a' 'an'
3F 'a h-' 'an'

Alienable Possession

Instead of using a possessive pronoun as above, SG uses a locative construction (with aig, 'at') to express ownership of an alienable object.

Definite Article + Possessee + aig + Possessor

an gille aig Mairi
the boy at Mary
'Mary's boyfriend'