A Grammar of Warrongo by Tasaku Tsunoda


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.

Show description

Read or Download A Grammar of Warrongo PDF

Best grammar books

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

The antidote to Eats, Shoots and Leaves—an uproarious and extremely American language e-book in case you are bored with getting pulled over through the grammar police

What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a unadorned Pamela Anderson have in universal? They’re all a heck of much more fascinating than analyzing approximately predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande understands this and has invented a complete new twist at the grammar e-book. Grammar Snobs Are nice significant Meanies is a laugh-out-loud humorous number of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, in addition to hilarious opinions of the self-appointed language specialists.

Chapters include:
• I’m penning this whereas Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative
• Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and different Probing Annoyances
• I’ll Take "I believe Like a Moron" for $200, Alex—When to place Punctuation within citation Marks
• Snobbery Up with that you are usually not positioned Up—Prepositions
• Is Dangler on your Memo or Are you simply comfortable to work out Me?
• Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd- Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned

Casagrande gives you sensible and enjoyable language classes now not discovered wherever else, demystifying the topic and taking it again from the snobs. briefly, it’s a grammar ebook humans will truly are looking to read—just for the joys of it.

Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors? (Words Are Categorical)

What Are Similes and Metaphors? Are you as shrewdpermanent as a fox? or even you are as sharp as any spike? if that is so, this publication may be a bit of cake! smart rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and funny illustrations from Brian Gable current similes and metaphors. by way of grammar, this workforce isn't really as gradual as thick molasses.

From Case to Adposition: The development of configurational syntax in Indo-European languages

Within the historic improvement of many languages of the IE phylum the lack of inflectional morphology resulted in the advance of a configurational syntax, the place syntactic place marked syntactic position. the 1st of those configurations was once the adposition (preposition or postposition), which constructed out of the uninflected particle/preverbs within the older varieties of IE, by means of forming mounted words with nominal parts, a trend later within the improvement of a configurational NP (article + nominal) and vice chairman (auxiliary + verbal).

Partitive Cases and Related Categories

Argument-marking, morphological partitives were the subject of language particular reviews, whereas no cross-linguistic or typological analyses were performed. in view that person partitives of other languages were studied, there exists a foundation for a extra cross-linguistic strategy. the aim of this booklet is to fill the space and to compile learn on partitives in several languages.

Additional info for A Grammar of Warrongo

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.25 of 5 – based on 39 votes