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Wed Dec 18 2013

Books: A Grammar of Bilinarra: Meakins, Nordlinger

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Date: 17-Dec-2013
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: A Grammar of Bilinarra: Meakins, Nordlinger
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Title: A Grammar of BilinarraSubtitle: An Australian Aboriginal Language of the Northern TerritorySeries Title: Pacific Linguistics [PL] 640

Publication Year: 2013Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/204142?format=G

Author: Felicity MeakinsAuthor: Rachel Nordlinger

Electronic: ISBN: 9781614512745 Pages: 525 Price: Europe EURO 119.95Hardback: ISBN: 9781614512684 Pages: 525 Price: Europe EURO 119.95

Abstract:

This volume provides the first comprehensive description of Bilinarra, aPama-Nyungan language of the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory(Australia). Bilinarra is a highly endangered language with only one speakerremaining in 2012 and no child learners. The materials on which thisgrammatical description is based were collected by the authors over a 20 yearperiod from the last first-language speakers of the language, most of whomhave since passed away. Bilinarra is a member of the Ngumpin subgroup ofPama-Nyungan which forms a part of the Ngumpin-Yapa family, which alsoincludes Warlpiri. It is non-configurational, with nominals commonly omitted,arguments cross-referenced by pronominal clitics and word order grammaticallyfree and largely determined by information structure. In this grammaticaldescription much attention is paid to its morphosyntax, including casemorphology, the pronominal clitic system and complex predicates. A particularstrength of the volume is the provision of sound files for example sentences,allowing the reader access to the language itself.



Linguistic Field(s): Grammars Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Gurinji (gue)

Written In: English (eng)

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