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  1. Malcolm Ross, Grammars: A Grammar of Limilngan

Message 1: Grammars: A Grammar of Limilngan

Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 17:27:08 +1100
From: Malcolm Ross <Malcolm.Rossanu.edu.au>
Subject: Grammars: A Grammar of Limilngan

A Grammar of Limilngan: A Language of the Mary River Region,
Northern Territory, Australia
by Mark Harvey

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currently equivalent to about US$ 0,52).

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A Grammar of Limilngan: A Language of the Mary River Region,
Northern Territory, Australia

Mark Harvey, PL 516

This grammar provides a description of Limilngan, a previously
undescribed and now extinct language of northern Australia.
Australian languages generally show a high degree of structural
similarity to one another. Limilngan shows some of the common
Australian patterns, but in other areas it diverges significantly from
them. It has a standard Australian phonological inventory, but its
phonotactic patterns are unusual. Some heterorganic clusters such as
/kb/ are of markedly higher frequency than homorganic clusters such as
/nd/. Like a number of Australian languages, Limilngan has many
vowel-initial morphemes. However, historically these result from
lenition and not from initial dropping as elsewhere in Australia.

Like many northern languages, it has complex systems of both
prefixation and suffixation to nominals and verbs. Prefixation
provides information about nominal classification (four classes),
mood, and pronominal cross-reference (subjects and objects).
Suffixation provides information about case, tense, and aspect.
Limilngan differs from most Australian languages in that a
considerable amount of its morphology is unproductive, showing complex
and irregular allomorphic variation.

Limilngan is like most Australian languages in that it may be
described as a free word order language. However, word order is not
totally free and strictly ordered phrasal compounding structures are
significant (e.g. in the formation of denominal verbs).
2001
ISBN 085883 461 8 AUS $44.55 International $40.50

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Australian National University
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