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Author McGregor, William, 1952-

Title The languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia / William B. McGregor
Published New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2004

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Description xxii, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Contents Machine derived contents note: Contents -- List of tables -- List of figures -- List of plates -- List of maps -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 Nature of Australian languages -- 1.2 The Kimberley environment -- 1.3 Recent history of the Kimberley region -- 1.4 History of research on Kimberley languages -- 1.4.1 The early phase -- 1.4.2 The intermediate phase -- 1.4.3 The modern phase -- 1.5 Spelling and pronunciation -- Further reading -- Notes -- 2 Survey Of Kimberley Languages -- 2.1 Language, dialect, and "tribe" -- 2.2 Names of languages and "tribes" -- 2.3 Relationships among the languages of Australia -- 2.4 Language families in the Kimberley -- 2.4.1 Bunuban family -- 2.4.2 Jarrakan family -- 2.4.3 Nyulnyulan family -- 2.4.4 Worrorran family -- 2.4.5 Pama-Nyungan family -- 2.4.6 Other traditional language families -- 2.4.7 Post-contact languages -- Further reading -- Notes -- 3 Language In Kimberley Aboriginal Societies -- 3.1 Traditional Kimberley Aboriginal way of life -- 3.2 Social organisation -- 3.3 Speech styles -- 3.3.1 Avoidance style -- 3.3.2 Secret styles -- 3.4 Post contact varieties -- 3.4.1 Pidgin English -- 3.4.2 Kriol -- 3.4.3 Aboriginal English -- 3.4.4 Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin -- 3.5 Multilingualism, language choice, and code switching -- 3.6 Language shift and endangerment -- Further reading -- Notes -- 4 Phonetics And Phonology -- 4.1 Types of sounds -- 4.2 Consonants -- 4.2.1 Stops and nasals -- 4.2.1.1 Dental articulation -- 4.2.1.2 Alveolar articulation -- 4.2.1.3 Retroflex articulation -- 4.2.1.4 Palatal articulation -- 4.2.1.5 Grouping the places of articulation -- 4.2.1.6 Allophonic variation in stops -- 4.2.2 Laterals -- 4.2.3 Rhotics -- 4.2.4 Glides -- 4.2.5 Status of rhotics -- 4.3 Vowels -- 4.4 Words and syllables -- 4.5 Stress -- 4.6 Connected speech -- Further reading -- Notes -- 5 Fundamental Concepts Of Grammar -- 5.1 Words and morphemes -- 5.2 Parts-of-speech -- 5.3 Beyond the word: phrases, clauses and sentences -- Further reading -- Notes -- 6 Pronouns And Determiners -- 6.1 Person and number systems -- 6.1.1 Inclusive/exclusive systems -- 6.1.2 Four person systems -- 6.1.3 A different type of inclusive-exclusive system -- 6.2 Case systems -- 6.3 Bound pronouns -- 6.4 Determiners -- 6.4.1 Definite determiners -- 6.4.2 Indefinite and interrogative determiners -- Further reading -- Notes -- 7 Nominals And Noun Phrases -- 7.1 Introductory remarks -- 7.2 Case marking -- 7.2.1 Bunuba -- 7.2.2 Warrwa -- 7.2.3 Ngarinyin -- 7.2.4 Miriwoong -- 7.2.5 Yulparija -- 7.2.6 Concluding remarks -- 7.3 Pronoun affixes -- 7.4 Noun classes and gender systems -- 7.4.1 Noun classes in Jarrakan languages -- 7.4.2 Noun classes in Worrorran languages -- 7.4.3 Concluding remarks -- 7.5 Other nominal morphology -- 7.5.1 Derivational affixes -- 7.5.2 Reduplication -- 7.5.3 Number marking -- 7.6 Noun phrases -- 7.6.1 Structure of noun phrases -- 7.6.2 Possession -- Further reading -- Notes -- 8 Verbs And Verbal Constructions -- 8.1 Types of verb and verbal construction -- 8.2 Simple verb constructions -- 8.2.1 Basic structure of inflecting verbs -- 8.2.2 Major verbal categories: tense, mood and aspect -- 8.2.2.1 Walmajarri -- 8.2.2.2 Yawuru -- 8.2.2.3 Miriwoong -- 8.2.2.4 Other tense, mood, and aspect categories -- 8.2.3 Conjugation classes -- 8.2.3.1 Kimberley Pama-Nyungan languages -- 8.2.3.2 Kimberley non-Pama-Nyungan languages -- 8.2.4 Derivational processes -- 8.3 Compound verb constructions -- 8.3.1 Basic structure of compound verb constructions -- 8.3.2 Uninflecting verbs -- 8.3.3 Semantics of compound verb constructions -- 8.3.3.1 Verb classification in Gooniyandi -- 8.3.3.2 Verb classification in Nyulnyul -- 8.3.3.3 Final remark -- 8.4 Origin and development of verbal constructions -- 8.5 Other verbal morphology -- 8.5.1 Directional suffixes -- 8.5.2 Non-finite verb forms -- Further reading -- Notes -- 9 Vocabulary And Meaning -- 9.1 Range and depth of vocabularies -- 9.2 Metaphor and extension of meaning -- 9.3 Terms for new items and concepts -- 9.3.1 Borrowing -- 9.3.2 Extension of meaning -- 9.3.3 Coining new words -- 9.3.4 Terms for 'policeman' -- 9.3.5 Variation over time -- 9.4 Number words -- 9.5 Language and space -- 9.6 Ethnoscience -- Further reading -- Notes -- 10 Clauses And Sentences -- 10.1 Introductory remarks -- 10.2 Nominal clauses -- 10.2.1 Existential clauses -- 10.2.2 Identifying and characterising clauses -- 10.2.3 Possessive clauses -- 10.3 Verbal clauses -- 10.3.1 Grammatical relations -- 10.3.2 Major transitivity types -- 10.3.3 Verbal clauses of being and having -- 10.3.3.1 Verbal existential and characterising clauses -- 10.3.3.2 Verbal possessive clauses -- 10.3.4 Secondary predicates -- 10.3.5 External possession constructions -- 10.3.6 Transitivity alternations -- 10.4 Word and phrase order -- 10.5 Complex sentences -- 10.5.1 Embedding -- 10.5.2 Coordination and subordination -- 10.5.2.1 Coordination -- 10.5.2.2 Subordination -- 10.5.3 Framing -- Further reading -- Notes -- 11 Text And Discourse -- 11.1 Preliminary remarks -- 11.2 Sample narratives -- 11.2.1 Mythological -- 11.2.2 Personal experience -- 11.2.3 Historical -- 11.3. Narrative structure -- 11.3.1 Prosodic characteristics of oral delivery -- 11.3.2 Episodic structure -- 11.4 The interactive dimension: narrative in discourse -- Further reading -- Notes -- 12 Grammar In Language Use -- 12.1 The nature of grammar -- 12.2 Noun phrase discontinuity -- 12.3 Pragmatics of ergative marking -- 12.3.1 Non-marking of Agent NPs in Gooniyandi and Warrwa -- 12.3.2 Focal ergative marker in Warrwa -- 12.3.3 Some comparative remarks -- 12.4 Narrative functions of quotation -- Further reading -- Notes -- 13 Conclusion -- 13.1 Summary -- 13.2 Gesture and sign languages -- 13.3 Applications of linguistics to modern Kimberley Aboriginal contexts -- 13.3.1 Language programmes in schools -- 13.3.1.1 Types of language programme -- 13.3.1.2 Survey of language programmes in Kimberley schools -- 13.3.1.3 General considerations -- 13.3.2 Translation and interpreting -- 13.3 Kimberley languages in a temporal perspective -- 13.3.1 The past -- 13.3.2 The present -- 13.3.3 The future -- Further reading -- Notes -- Languages and sources -- References -- Index of authors [To be prepared] -- Index of languages [To be prepared] -- Index of subjects [To be prepared]
Summary "The Kimberley, the far north-west of Australia, is one of the most linguistically diverse regions of the continent. Some fifty-five Aboriginal languages belonging to five different families are spoken within its borders. Few of these languages are currently being passed on to children, most of whom speak Kriol (a new language that arose about half a century ago from an earlier Pidgin English) or Aboriginal English (a dialect of English) as their mother tongue and usual language of communication. This book describes the Aboriginal languages spoken today and in the recent past in this region. The main features of their grammars are outlined, including their sounds and word and sentence structures. In addition, there is discussion of how they are related to one another, how they were and are used in conversational interactions, and their roles and uses in traditional and modern speech communities."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 338-357) and index
Subject Australian languages -- Australia -- Western Australia -- Kimberley Region -- Grammar
Australian languages -- Australia -- Western Australia -- Kimberley
Aboriginal Australians -- Languages -- Grammar.
Australian languages -- Australia -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- Grammar
Australian languages -- Australia -- Kimberley (W.A.) -- Grammar.
Kimberley (W.A.) -- Languages.
Kimberley (W.A.) -- Languages -- Grammar.
LC no. 2003026818
ISBN 0415308089