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By Alice R. Gaby

This grammar bargains a entire description of Kuuk Thaayorre, a Paman language spoken at the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Australia. The Paman languages of Cape York have lengthy been famous for his or her exhibition of substantial phonological, semantic and morphosyntactic switch (e.g. Hale 1964, Dixon 1980). but there has previously been no released complete reference grammar of a language from this quarter (some first-class dictionaries, theses and comic strip grammars even though, e.g. corridor 1972, Alpher 1973, 1991, Crowley 1983, Kilham et al. 1986, Sutton 1995, Smith & Johnson 2000).

On the foundation of elicited information, narrative and semi-spontaneous dialog recorded among 2002 and 2008, in addition to archival fabrics, this grammar info the phonetics and phonology, morphosyntax, lexical and constructional semantics and pragmatics of 1 of the few indigenous Australian languages nonetheless used as a chief technique of conversation. Kuuk Thaayorre possesses good points of typological curiosity at every one of those levels.

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1 are 12 The Thaayorre phonemic inventory is also significantly larger than that proposed by Hale (1964:255) for proto-Paman. 23 Chapter 2 typologically rare. Finally, the tendency for stops to fricate word-initially but not morpheme-internally is also typologically marked. 1 Consonants Table 2 presents the sixteen Thaayorre consonants in phonemic transcription13: bilabial laminodental apical laminopalatal velar glottal Obstruents p t̪ t c k ʔ Nasals m n̪ n ɲ ŋ j w Tap/trill r Lateral l Glides ɻ Table 2.

Discussing all verbal suffixes together, spanning reciprocity, reflexivity, causation, associated motion, various tense, aspectual and modal categories and so on). As Cristofaro (2006: 175) points out: the function-to-form approach and the form-to-function approach reflect two distinct processes: the encoding process that takes place in the speaker’s mind, on the one hand, and the decoding process that takes place in the hearer’s mind, on the other. Both approaches are therefore essential to language description.

All example sentences taken from the work of Hall (1968, 1972) and Foote and Hall (1992, undated school materials) are segmented, glossed and translated by me except where otherwise indicated. Although Hall often provides segmentations, glosses and translations, for the sake of consistency I have chosen to replace these with segmentations, glosses and translations that reflect the analysis presented here. The source of each example sentence is given in square brackets below the translation line.

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