By William B. McGregor

ISBN-10: 9027230250

ISBN-13: 9789027230256

This quantity units out to supply a finished 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, note word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the key concentration is, besides the fact that, on which means: how do Gooniyandi audio system suggest with and of their language. To this finish, the theoretical framework of systemic useful grammar, relatively as elaborated in Halliday's contemporary paintings, is followed. definite refinements to the speculation are proposed to be able to greater account for the Gooniyandi facts. Of seen value to these learning Australian aboriginal languages, this paintings has an value to a much wider viewers for its powerful presentation of idea justification.

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6), is based primarily on textual material. ) From a large corpus of twenty or more hours of recorded texts, fifteen texts were selected for close scrutiny; three of these appear in Appendix I. These fifteen texts, which were chosen more or less at random- and not for any reac;ons of their merit as coherent texts- are monologues encompassing all genres represented in the corpus. There is no reason to b~lieve that they are not typical representatives of their genres. They were narrated by three different individuals, including the youngest and the oldest speakers.

9 Other work on Gooniyandi Previous to my investigations, very little linguistic work had been done on Gooniyandi, and there are only scattered references to the language in the literature. ) The first written reference to Gooniyandi appears in Bates (nd), which is a compilation of wordlists in languages from the Kimberley region, collected by various local white residents around the turn of the century. J. Annear. The majority of words are clearly Gooniyandi, and on the whole they are reasonably well transcribed.

In the mcumstances of ~y field:vork these did not prove to be very satisfactory field ~etho~s. herr usc as much as possible. Y the variant modes of expression. I was invariably informed that no meamng dtfference existed. ~ ~nalys1s. ~. which I experienced great difficulty in telling apart (since then I have. rnst between apico-alveolars and apico-postalveolars is neutralised word initia1ly (as it is in many Australian languages). Many words were checked with more than one speaker, and over more than one repetition (successively and on different occasions), using both auditory and visual evidence.

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