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By Alice R. Gaby

This grammar deals a complete description of Kuuk Thaayorre, a Paman language spoken at the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Australia. The Paman languages of Cape York have lengthy been famous for his or her exhibition of substantial phonological, semantic and morphosyntactic switch (e.g. Hale 1964, Dixon 1980). but there has formerly been no released complete reference grammar of a language from this region (some very good dictionaries, theses and cartoon grammars although, e.g. corridor 1972, Alpher 1973, 1991, Crowley 1983, Kilham et al. 1986, Sutton 1995, Smith & Johnson 2000).

On the foundation of elicited info, narrative and semi-spontaneous dialog recorded among 2002 and 2008, in addition to archival fabrics, this grammar information the phonetics and phonology, morphosyntax, lexical and constructional semantics and pragmatics of 1 of the few indigenous Australian languages nonetheless used as a chief technique of verbal exchange. Kuuk Thaayorre possesses positive factors of typological curiosity at each one of those levels.

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Where an example is repeated from an earlier chapter, it receives a new example number and no reference is made to the fact that it has been repeated. g. throughout Chapter 2; Phonology). 9. Glossing of examples follows the Leipzig Glossing Rules (Comrie et al. 2003; cf. also Lehmann 1983) where practicable. Several diversions are made, however. For instance, the fact that Thaayorre verbs are reduplicated by infixation creates a conflict between the Leipzig convention of segmenting a reduplicative morpheme by a tilde (followed by its functional gloss), and the convention of representing infixation by triangular brackets.

In general, the head noun is followed by all modifiers. Hence we find the orders: Noun–Adjective, Noun–Numeral, Noun– Genitive, and Noun–Demonstrative. There are three degree adverbs; two precede the Adjective and the third follows. An overt argument takes the form of one or more noun phrases (including pronouns) apposed in the same case, as in (3). The repetition of pronouns is common, in both full and reduced (encliticised) forms: (3) ngali I. C. ngali yat kuthirr 1du:excl(NOM) I. PFV two(NOM) ‘I.

G. permissible consonant clusters and the existence of syllabic consonants). Consider, to begin with, the (extremely) reduced vowels in the second syllables of /ŋanc(i)27n/ [ŋancɨn] ‘1pl:excl’ and /wa:t̪(i)ɻ/ [wa:t̪hɚɻ] ‘search:NPST’. On phonological grounds alone, there seems little reason to transcribe such vowels: the quality of the reduced vowel is never contrastive28, and speakers do not produce a full vowel (or lengthened schwa) when asked to pronounce a word slowly and carefully. Furthermore, when I deliberately pronounce words such as /ŋancn/ and /wa:t̪ɻ/ with a syllabic nasal and rhotic as nucleus of the final syllable, speakers approve this 27 The choice of the grapheme /i/ to represent these vowels is motivated by the transcriptions of Hall (1972) and Foote and Hall (1992), rather than by their phonetic qualities.

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