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Title: A grammar of Nakkara (Central Arnhem Land coast)
Edited By: R.M. W.Dixon
Series Title: Outstanding grammars from Australia 07
Description:

Nakkara (now spelt Na-Kara) is a prefixing language of the non-Pama
Nyungan variety spoken in and around the community of Maningrida in the
Northern Territory of Australia. Like many coastal communities, the Na-Kara
tribal area and language group seem always to have been quite small and Na-
Kara is now a highly endangered language.

Moderately polysynthetic, Na-Kara has a number of characteristic structural
features that place it with other central and western Arnhem groupings. The
phonology is relatively straightforward with five vowels; a series of short and
long stop consonants; retroflex and alveolar pairs, a lamino-palatal distinction
and a full set of nasal sounds.

The morphology is rich and intricate springing from a pronoun system that
distinguishes masculine and feminine gender across several number and
person categories where an inclusive/exclusive distinction adds to the mix.
Verbs carry these often complex pronominal prefixes as well as additional
affixes for direction, realis/irrealis, tense and transitivity. Aspect is expressed
by complex verbal predicates. Nouns are relatively unencumbered with
affixes but share some of the load for locational specification.
Demonstrative/deictic forms carry a quasi pronominal load often with three-
way locational and referential distinctions.

With a fairly modest lexicon, many forms in Na-Kara are idiomatic and
descriptive, relying on compounding for semantic extension.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Typology
Australian Languages
Subject Language(s): Nakara
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862881536
Pages: 504
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