New PDF release: A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi

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 sector of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, note word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the most important concentration is, in spite of 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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1). It is clear that speakers regarded the elicitation process as text-producing, and their responses were characteristic of genres appropriate to the referential content. Much of the formally elicited data is, then, in a sense controlled, or constructed text, rather than isolated, decontextualised sentences. The primary thrust of elicitation was to develop and construct such contexts as might not frequently arise in conditions where recording was possible. t•xts only). Although I am mindful of the many dangers inherent in using elicited materials.

A number of anthropological studies have at least touched on the Gooniyandi people, and a couple of them include some Gooniyandi words (for a list of these works, see McGregor 1984a). The most recent study is Kolig (1981), who cites a number of identifiably Gooniyandi words; these are not accurately transcribed. Moreover, Kolig generally does not identify these terms as Gooniyandi, nor does he distinguish them from terms in the other languages of the Fitzroy Crossing region. 10 Data used in this investigation This study is based almost entirely on a corpus of material I gathered in the DATA USED IN TillS INVESTIGATION 31 course of two field trips, totaling about fourteen months, conducted in 1980 and 1982.

Banjo Bimdayminy (Bunuba), George Nayndu (Kija/Bunuba{Ngarinyin) and Lanis P. (Kija/Gooniyandi, deceased) provide{) invaluable assistance in text transcription. At the Yiyili Community, Norman Cox, Ivy Cox, Judy Cox, Dorris Cox, Frank Cox, Irene, Jocelin, Penny Madeline, Lyon, and Mervin Street (the youngest fluent speaker of Gooniyandi, and an accomplished artist and story teller) all told me stories and assisted in detailed articulatory-phonetic work (see below), and in the preparation of texts for a school reader.

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