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LINGUIST List 24.621

Sun Feb 03 2013

Books: Topics in Eastern and Central Arrernte Grammar: Henderson, Dixon (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Feb-2013
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Topics in Eastern and Central Arrernte Grammar: Henderson, Dixon (Ed)
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Title: Topics in Eastern and Central Arrernte Grammar
Series Title: Outstanding grammars from Australia 12
Published: 2013
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom-shop.eu

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

Author: John Henderson
Editor: R. M. W. Dixon
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862884261 Pages: 450 Price: Europe EURO 82.80
Abstract:

Eastern/Central Arrernte is a range of closely-related dialects spoken in an area around and including Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. It can be considered one of the strongest Australian Indigenous languages, with an estimated 2,000 speakers and continuing transmission to children. Nonetheless, Arrernte is under pressure and must be considered endangered.

There are four areas of particular focus in this work. The focus on segmental phonology reviews and extends modern analyses of the vowel system, and in the consonant system presents instrumental articulatory evidence on the contrast between alveolar and post-alveolar phonological categories. Three fundamental aspects of the morphological structure are presented, primarily in relation to verbs. A range of complex verb types is distinguished, including an analysis of variation in which a single verb may alternatively constitute either a single word or more than one word. Prosodic units are shown to play an important role in a rich variety of morphological processes which include suffix allomorphy, reduplication, compounding and verb splitting. The final area of focus is verbal and deverbal derivation. The approach throughout is basically descriptive. Numerous natural language examples are provided.

Linguistic Field(s): Australian Languages
                            Morphology
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): Arrernte, Eastern (aer)

Written In: English (eng)

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