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Books: Lang Documentation/Australian Languages: Dixon (Ed), Ford

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        1.     Ulrich Lueders , A description of the Emmi language of the Northern Territory of Australia: Dixon (Ed), Ford


Message 1: A description of the Emmi language of the Northern Territory of Australia: Dixon (Ed), Ford
Date: 23-Oct-2011
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A description of the Emmi language of the Northern Territory of Australia: Dixon (Ed), Ford
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Title: A description of the Emmi language of the Northern Territory of
Australia
Series Title: Outstanding grammars from Australia 08
Published: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Lysbeth Julie Ford
Editor: RMW Dixon
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862881543 Pages: 465 Price: Europe EURO 74.80
Abstract:

Emmi, named after the word for 'what' in the language, is a highly endangered
polysynthetic Australian language with only a handful of fluent speakers. A
member of the Daly River sprach-bund of the Northern Territory, Emmi is a
head-marking language with vestigial noun class marking, but a highly
developed system of verb classifiers and ordered nominal and propositional
enclitics. Emmi noun incorporation is lexical and syntactic, and, as in other
languages of the region, lexically incorporated body-parts function as
metaphors and classifiers for entities of similar shape to these body-parts.
The syntax of Emmi simple and complex clauses involves serial
constructions in which major intransitive verbs have been poly-grammaticised
to provide aspectual information.

Ford has since worked on neighbouring related languages, also highly
endangered, which have similar highly developed systems of verb classifiers,
and clitics, but a more extensive system of noun classifiers. She has also
worked extensively on traditional songs in Emmi, its closely related dialect
Mendhe, and the related languages Marri Ammu, Marri Tjabin and Marri
Ngarr, and compared the use of all these languages in wangga and lirrga
song-texts.

Linguistic Field(s): Australian Languages
                            Language Documentation
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Maranunggu (zmr)

Written In: English (eng )

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