This study presents a synchronic description of the main dialect of the
Muɹinyapata language of North-West Australia.
It is divided into six chapters. The first is introductory placing Muɹinyapata in
the context of Australian languages, giving some background to the area In
which the language is spoken and assessing previous work on this group.
The second chapter provides a phonological description and an account of
morphophonological change. The segmental phonology is presented in a
distinctive feature format. Some tentative rules are advanced to account for
stress. The third chapter establishes the word classes of Muɹinyapata, briefly
discussing their defining characteristics. A preliminary discussion on noun
classification is embarked upon which is given a fuller semantic basis in
chapter six. Chapter four presents the morphological facts of the language:
data which assist the description of verbal morphology are presented in
Appendics 2 and 3.
Chapter five provides a preliminary discussion of Muɹinyapata syntax. A brief
account of the semantics of the language is given in chapter six, with
particular emphasis on noun-classification. Three sample texts are provided
in Appendix 4.
The bulk of the text is concerned with synchronic description of the
phonology and morphology of the language. Their unusual complexity
demand lengthy discussion with a more detailed account of the syntax and
semantics being reserved for a later study.