New PDF release: A Grammar of Warrongo (Mouton Grammar Library)

By Tasaku Tsunoda

ISBN-10: 3110238764

ISBN-13: 9783110238761

Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was spoken in northeast Australia. This quantity is essentially according to the wealthy info recorded from the final fluent speaker. It information the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. specifically, it offers a very scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that's infrequent one of the world's language. It additionally indicates that, not like another Australian languages, Warrongo has noun words which are configurational. total this quantity exhibits what could be documented of a language that has just one speaker.

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In March 2001) Willy Santo, a Gujal person, narrated a story about how the Great Basalt Wall, west of Charters Towers, was formed. It is summarized as follows. Fire Serpent and Water Serpent fought at Echo Hole. Water Serpent killed Fire Serpent. Then, at the Burdekin Falls, Water Serpent fought Rainbow Serpent, which came from Palm Island. Echo Hole appears to be at the foot of the Great Basalt Wall. ) Presumably the Great Basalt Wall was formed during the first battle. y,a]. y,a] means 'people'.

D) Birigaba The language of the Bowen area is Biri (Maps 4 and 5). It is also called Birigaba. The meaning of biri is not known. 2. Names of individuals Selected examples are given below. [1] Some of the individuals' names have a mythological origin. 3, the story about Yamani, the gigantic eel, yielded six personal names: Wambino (cf. wambi-L Vi 'rest'), Babino (cf. babi-L Vt 'cut'), Bayombirri (cf. bayombi-L Vt '[fish] wave [its tail]'), Wagaygorro (wagay 'wishbone'), Jilanggo (jilanggo 'fig tree'), and Jalbino (}albino 'water lily').

Problems with the proposed classifications As noted above, Wurm and Hattori (1981), Dixon (2002), and also virtually all other classifications assign W-GB-G to the Mari subgroup. However, this classification is not free from problems. The problems are discussed in Tsunoda (1984), and the main points are summarized below. We shall look at the following groups of languages. (a) (b) Dixon's Herbert River Group: Jirrbal, Girramay, Warrgamay, and Nyawaygi. Mari subgroup: (b-1) Most northerly members: Warrongo, Gugu-Badhun, and Gujal.

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