Nouns in Innu can take different grammatical markings. These include the following :

  • gender, which marks animate and inanimate
  • number, which marks singular and plural
  • obviation, which marks third persons
  • the locative, which marks location
  • the possessive, which marks possession
  • the vocative, used when addressing someone
  • the diminutive, which marks that someone or something is small or implies endearment

There are two types of nouns: proper nouns and common nouns. Nouns derived from other grammatical categories are called nominalisations.