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By William B. McGregor

ISBN-10: 9027230250

ISBN-13: 9789027230256

This quantity units out to supply a complete description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley sector of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, note word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the key concentration is, despite the fact that, on that means: how do Gooniyandi audio system suggest with and of their language. To this finish, the theoretical framework of systemic practical grammar, rather as elaborated in Halliday's fresh paintings, is followed. definite refinements to the speculation are proposed for you to greater account for the Gooniyandi proof. Of noticeable significance to these learning Australian aboriginal languages, this paintings has an significance to a much wider viewers for its powerful presentation of thought justification.

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They were narrated by three different individuals, including the youngest and the oldest speakers. The chosen texts vary in length from about a minute and a half to over ten minutes, in all totaling about forty-five minutes. Altogether there are alXlllt 800 clauses. The texts had been transcribed word for word in the field with the assistance of the speaker; most had also been worked over on at least one occasion with another native speaker. 3). The reader will notice that no sentences are starred as unacceptable or ungrammatical in this grammar.

5. 3). g. 1970, 1985) terms. It is as a rule easier lO dclcrminc whether or not the linguist and the native speaker have matching conceptualisations of the situation described by the English prompt than it is to determine (out of context) whether they coincide in their perceptions of the viewpoints and evaluations expressed. It was clear that in the majority of cases native speakers did not perceive equivalences, or even unmarkecl correlations between grammatical cmegorics of English and Gooniyandi.

Ar Ranges (Pedersen HJK4). an rcsp·onsc m the Pigeon t~pi~Jdt~. n ;Lo;stmlt~ nnnnwnd of the INTRODUCTION 22 police operations against the Aborigines (R. McGregor 1985:80). He travelled east from Derby to the Fitzroy Crossing area. where he started a campaign of "dispersal" against those Aborigines not needed for labour on the stations (Pedersen 1980:82, R. McGregor 1985:91). In January 1895 he moved up the Margaret River "dispersing" and killing the Aboriginal population. Shortly thereafter, a party led by special Constable Blythe reported killing two Aborigines on Christmas Creek and four at Gogo (Pedersen 1980:84-85).

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