"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
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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.