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Author Tsunoda, Tasaku.

Title A Grammar of Warrongo
Published Berlin : De Gruyter Mouton, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (782 pages)
Series Mouton grammar library, 0933-7636 ; 53
Mouton grammar library ; 53. 0933-7636
Contents Preface; Acknowledgements; List of tables and figures; List of maps and photos; List of abbreviations and symbols; Chapter 1: The language and its speakers; 1.1. Linguistic type; 1.2. Names of the language and people; 1.3. Dialects; 1.4. Territory and neighbouring languages; 1.4.1. Territory; 1.4.2. Neighbouring languages and their classification; Proposed classifications; Studies on the neighbouring languages; Warrongo, Gugu-Badhun and Gujal as a linguistic unity; Problems with the proposed classifications; 1.5. Environmental and socio-cultural background
1.5.1. Environmental setting1.5.2. Archaeological and anthropological accounts; 1.5.3. Mythology; 1.5.4. Names of groups, individuals, and places; Names of groups; Names of individuals; Names of places; 1.5.5. Sections and totems; 1.5.6. Marriage rules; 1.5.7. Kinship system; 1.5.8. Other topics; 1.6. Special styles of speech and songs; 1.6.1. Jalngoy: the avoidance style of speech; 1.6.2. Songs; 1.6.3. Curses and expressions for abuse; 1.7. Post-contact history; 1.8. Studies on the Warrongo language; 1.8.1. Introductory notes; 1.8.2. Early studies on Warrongo
1.8.3. Modern studies on Warrongo1.8.4. Speakers interviewed for the present study; Alf Palmer (Warrongo name: Jinbilnggay); Alec Collins (Warrongo name: Wolngarra); Other speakers; 1.9. Present-day situation; Chapter 2: Phonology; 2.1. Phonemes and their realizations; 2.1.1. Phoneme inventory; 2.1.2. Minimal pairs/sets; 2.1.3. Allophones of consonants and semivowels; Nasals, rhotics, lateral, and semivowels; Stops; Stop voicing (1): in terms of places of articulation; Stop voicing (2): in the word-initial position Stop voicing (3): in the second syllable2. Stop voicing (4): effect of C2 nasal on C1 stop; Stop voicing (5): effect of V1 on C1 stop, and of V2 on C2 stop; Stop voicing (6): in consonant clusters; Stop voicing (7): concluding remarks; 2.1.4. Allophones of vowels; /a/; /u/; /i/; /i/ and /u/; 2.1.5. Problems with /j/ and /w/; /j /; Introductory notes; Allophones of /ji/; Allophones of /j/ that is not followed by a vowel; /w/; 2.2. Phonotactics
2.2.1. Structure of words2.2.2. Characterization of enclitics; 2.2.3. Syllable structure of roots, suffixes, enclitics, and words; Syllable structure of roots; Syllable structure of suffixes and enclitics; Syllable structure of words; 2.2.4. Syllable types in roots, suffixes, enclitics, and words; 2.2.5. Distribution of consonants and semivowels; Consonants and semivowels in roots; Consonants and semivowels in suffixes; Consonants and semivowels in enclitics; Consonants and semivowels in words; 2.2.6. Consonant clusters
Summary Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that used to be spoken in northeast Australia. This volume is largely based on the rich data recorded from the last fluent speaker. It details the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. In particular, it provides a truly scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that is rare among the world's language. It also shows that, unlike some other Australian languages, Warrongo has noun phrases that are configurational. Overall this volume shows what can be documented of a language that has only one speaker
Notes Intra-root consonant clusters
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia, Northern -- Languages.
Warungu language -- Grammar.
Australia -- Languages.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110238764 (alk. paper)
3110238772 (electronic bk.)
9783110238761 (alk. paper)
9783110238778 (electronic bk.)