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By William B. McGregor

ISBN-10: 9027282056

ISBN-13: 9789027282057

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, observe word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the foremost 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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1970, 1985) terms. It is as a rule easier lO dclcrminc whether or not the linguist and the native speaker have matching conceptualisations of the situation described by the English prompt than it is to determine (out of context) whether they coincide in their perceptions of the viewpoints and evaluations expressed. It was clear that in the majority of cases native speakers did not perceive equivalences, or even unmarkecl correlations between grammatical cmegorics of English and Gooniyandi. They did not translate prompt sentences category by category; they appeared to regard translation as a semantic procedure, mther than a formal operation on strings of linguistic symbols.

G. g. manaroo '(your) mother', speaking toW or WB), or by use of the third person non-singular pronominal bidi 'they'. Other maddiyali, with whom speech was permitted, were addressed with the second person non-singular pronominal gidi, instead of the singular form nginyji. 6) m · re1erenc ~: e to the speaker-hearer dyad · The bound secuon . pronominals . . "th" the verbal complex are also skewed in this way. ar as a WI m 'politeness strategy' in Indo-European and many other language lar:u ws.

Thus children do generally have some exposure to Gooniyandi, and generally know some of the more common words. When conversing among themselves, members of the older generation usually speak a traditional tongue. Most of them are bi- or multi-lingual: the majority of older Gooniyandi people also speak Walmajarri (which for a time was a lingua-franca in the Fitzroy Crossing region), and many speak fluent Bunuba and/or Kija in addition. Speakers frequently switch between their languages, including Pidgin or Kriol, and even mix words from different languages within a single utterance.

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