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LINGUIST List 23.4913

Sun Nov 25 2012

Books: Djambarrpuyŋu: Wilkinson

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Nov-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Djambarrpuyŋu: Wilkinson
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Title: Djambarrpuyŋu
Subtitle: A Yolngu Variety of Northern Australia
Series Title: Outstanding grammars from Australia 11

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Book URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu/

Author: Melanie Wilkinson

Paperback: ISBN: 9783862883608 Pages: 770 Price: Europe EURO 102.00


This study is a reference grammar of Djambarrpuyŋu. Djambarrpuyŋu is an
agglutinative non-configurational language spoken in north-east Arnhem Land in
the Northern Territory of Australia. There are perhaps 1000 speakers of
Djambarrpuyŋu. Unlike other Australian languages it is being spoken by a
greater number of people than would have occurred traditionally. This study
focuses on the language of older Djambarrpuyŋu clanspeople as occurs in texts.
It covers areas of phonology, morphology and syntax as revealed in this corpus
and through elicitation. There are numerous examples from the texts throughout
the study.

Phonologically the language is of interest because of the presence of a stop
contrast and a glottal stop. Djambarrpuyŋu has been affected by regional
morphophonological processes such as lenition and vowel deletion.
Demonstratives are used not only to indicate spatial deixis and temporal
relations, but also function prominently in referential tracking in texts.
There is a specific set of pronominals used to code intraclausal coreference.
Case suffixes may have adnominal, relational or complementizer functions.
Tense needs to be described in terms of metrical and cyclical factors. The
study also describes the synchronic relationship of Djambarrpuyŋu to other
languages in the area, with particular attention to the closely related clan
varieties Djapu, Gupapuyŋu and Gumatj.

Linguistic Field(s): Australian Languages
Language Documentation

Written In: English (eng)

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