Australian Languages: The Aboriginal Language of Melbourne and Other Grammatical Sketches

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The Handbook volumes offer the only detailed and accurate records of many Australian languages that are extinct or on the verge of extinction. This volume provides a new introduction that discusses some of the main characteristics of Australian languages. Each grammatical sketch includes an illustrative text--demonstrating the use of the language--and a basic vocabulary listing. Also, each example is accompanied by a morpheme-by-morpheme glossary, providing a definitive account of the languages of the Aborigines...
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Overview


The Handbook volumes offer the only detailed and accurate records of many Australian languages that are extinct or on the verge of extinction. This volume provides a new introduction that discusses some of the main characteristics of Australian languages. Each grammatical sketch includes an illustrative text--demonstrating the use of the language--and a basic vocabulary listing. Also, each example is accompanied by a morpheme-by-morpheme glossary, providing a definitive account of the languages of the Aborigines of Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
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"This volume provides a fine model of the kind of basic linguistic documentation that is urgently needed....This volume is a wonderful resource: a pleasure to read and a fine tool to own."--Language

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195530971
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/2/1992
  • Series: The Handbook of Australian Languages , #4
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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Australian National University, Canberra

La Trobe University, Melbourne

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Table of Contents

List of maps
List of abbreviations and conventions
Preface
Acknowledgements
Conventions followed
List of languages and language groups
1 The language situation in Australia 1
2 Modelling the language situation 20
3 Overview 55
4 Vocabulary 96
5 Case and other nominal suffixes 131
6 Verbs 176
7 Pronouns 243
8 Bound pronouns 337
9 Prefixing and fusion 402
10 Generic nouns, classifiers, genders and noun classes 449
11 Ergative/accusative morphological and syntactic profiles 515
12 Phonology 547
13 Genetic subgroups and small linguistic areas 659
14 Summary and conclusion 690
References 700
Index of languages, dialects and language groups 719
Subject index 731
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