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Title: A description of the Emmi language of the Northern Territory of Australia
Written By: Lysbeth J. Ford
Edited By: R. M. W. Dixon
Series Title: Outstanding grammars from Australia 08
Description:

Emmi, named after the word for ‘what’ in the language, is a highly endangered
polysynthetic Australian language with only a handful of fluent speakers. A
member of the Daly River sprach-bund of the Northern Territory, Emmi is a
head-marking language with vestigial noun class marking, but a highly
developed system of verb classifiers and ordered nominal and propositional
enclitics. Emmi noun incorporation is lexical and syntactic, and, as in other
languages of the region, lexically incorporated body-parts function as
metaphors and classifiers for entities of similar shape to these body-parts.
The syntax of Emmi simple and complex clauses involves serial
constructions in which major intransitive verbs have been poly-grammaticised
to provide aspectual information.

Ford has since worked on neighbouring related languages, also highly
endangered, which have similar highly developed systems of verb classifiers,
and clitics, but a more extensive system of noun classifiers. She has also
worked extensively on traditional songs in Emmi, its closely related dialect
Mendhe, and the related languages Marri Ammu, Marri Tjabin and Marri
Ngarr, and compared the use of all these languages in wangga and lirrga
song-texts.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Typology
Australian Languages
Subject Language(s): Maranunggu
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862881543
Pages: 465
Prices: Europe EURO 74.80