Australian Aboriginal Grammar

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Croom Helm, 1987 - Aboriginal Australians - 220 pages
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Surveys morphology and syntax of large number of Aboriginal languages; focuses on grammatical relations through case marking, particularly ergative/absolutive distinctions linked to hierarchy of subclasses from pronouns to inanimate nouns marked for accusative case; word order, multi-verb and multi-clause sentences.

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Barry Blake has been teaching students about language for almost four decades. He is now Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at La Trobe University. With R. M. W. Dixon he co-edited five volumes of the Handbook of Australian Languages (Benjamins 1979, 1981, 1983; OUP 1991, 2000). His many outstanding
books include Case (second edition CUP 2001), Relational Grammar (Routledge 1990), as well as several foundational works on Australian Aboriginal languages.

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