A Grammar of Warrongo by Tasaku Tsunoda

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By Tasaku Tsunoda

Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was spoken in northeast Australia. This quantity is basically in response to the wealthy facts recorded from the final fluent speaker. It info the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. particularly, it presents a really scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that's infrequent one of the world's language. It additionally indicates that, not like another Australian languages, Warrongo has noun words which are configurational. total this quantity indicates what might be documented of a language that has just one speaker.

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This word seems to refer to the (original) people of Townsville-Magnetic Island area. The Aboriginal reference group of which Shirley Johnson is a member, has the name 'Gubalbarra Reference Group'. No doubt, 'Gubalbarra' refers to gabulharra 'carpet snake person(s)' In the myth of people west of Townsville, Carpet Snake seems to travel farther west. (In March 2001) Willy Santo, a Gujal person, narrated a story about how the Great Basalt Wall, west of Charters Towers, was formed. It is summarized as follows.

G. Bidyara and Gungabula (Breen 1973: 199) and Margany and Gunya (Breen 1981: 366). Also, Watkin and Hamilton (1887: 224) list kabool for 'Carpet snake' in the languages of Stmdbroke and Moreton Islands, immediately east of Brisbane. ) E. e for 'Snake (carpet)' in the language of Ballina (New South Wales). About 50krn north of Brisbane, there is a shire whose name is 'Caboolture'. It is pronounced [kabllilt;P], with stress on [bu:], and not on [ka] (again an interference from English). According to a tourist brochure (Bribie Island & Caboolture Shire Tourist Map & Iriformation Guide), this name means 'the place of the carpet snake'.

XXX Photos Photo 1. Alf Palmer (July 1972, Palm Island, Queensland, Australia) Photo 2. 1. Linguistic type Warrongo is a fairly typical Australian language except for the existence of syntactic ergativity, a phenomenon that is unique not only among Australian languages, but also among the world's languages, being mainly found in less than ten languages of a small area in northeast Australia. e. aminaL dorsal; voicing is not distinctive), four nasals each corresponding to a stop, two rhotics, one lateral, two semivowels, three short vowels, and one long vowel.

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