A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi by William B. McGregor

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This quantity units out to supply a finished description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley sector of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, notice word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the key concentration is, besides the fact that, on that means: how do Gooniyandi audio system suggest with and of their language. To this end,  Read more...

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A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi

This quantity units out to supply a accomplished description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley zone of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, notice word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods.

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The main inaccuracy is that he misses many lamina-dental and retroflexed stops and nasals, most of which he transcribes as apico-alveolars. The next linguist to record Gooniyandi seems to be Father Anthony Piele, who in about 1960 recorded, but did not transcribe, an hour or so of Gooniyandi words. By far the best and most extensive early work on Gooniyandi is undoubtedly that done by the missionary-linguist Howard Coate in the mid1960s. 3). e. person knowledgeable in traditional Aboriginal law and ritual.

It is quite clear that the intended sense of malab- 'make, construct' is 'dig'. It should be noted that potential ambiguities are rarely if ever rcsolvctl by paraphrase in actual texts (cf. Dixon 1972:293). altlrc of the avoidance style. 'd just over one hundred years ago, in the mid- to late eighteen-eighties, when pastoralists established cattle and sheep stations in the Fitzroy Valley. In 1H79 the first white men entered Gooniyandi territory, skirting its northern extremities (see map in Hicks 1938/1977:17, and Tindale's 1974 tribal map).

Avoidance words in Australian languages tend to be more general than their everyday counterparts (Dixon 1972, Haviland 1978, Rumsey 1982a). In Gooniyandi it is primarily the verbal roots of the avoidance style that are more general than their ordinary counterparts. ' has a range of meanings that is covered by a number of more specific everyday terms, including jag- 'say', jijag- 'speak', miga- 'tell', etc. 2) than do ordinary verbs, and in this way some, though certainly not all, of the lexical ambiguity may be resolved.

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