Complex Sentence Constructions in Australian Languages

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Peter Austin
John Benjamins Publishing, 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 289 pages
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Over the past fifteen years, descriptions of Australian Aboriginal languages have provided important data for the typological study of morpho-syntactic phenomena. The present volume presents descriptions of complex sentence phenomena in ten Australian languages and provides important new material in this area of current concern in linguistics. Complex sentences are described either from a syntactic or from a semantic (discourse-functional) point of view. The papers draw on data from widely distributed and, in some instances, previously undescribed languages. Among others descriptions of the (so-far) poorly known non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia, as well as Pama-Nyungan languages central and northern Australia are included in this volume.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
1
INTRODUCTION
3
REFERENCES
5
FIGURE AND GROUND IN REMBARRNGA COMPLEX SENTENCES
7
MOOD AND SUBORDINATION IN KUNIYANTI
37
PARTICIPLE SENTENCES IN WAKIMAN
69
COMPLEXSENTENCESIN MARTUTHUNIRA
97
FORM FUNCTION AND PROBLEMS OF IDENTITY
141
VERB SERIALISATION AND THE CIRCUMSTANTIAL CONSTRUCTION IN YANKUNYTJATJARA
177
SOME FEATURES OF MANJILJARRA NOMINALISED RELATIVE CLAUSES
193
CASE AND COMPLEMENTISER SUFFIXES IN WARLPIRI
205
ODD TOPIC MARKING IN KAYARDILD
219
AFFIXESOF MOTION AND DIRECTION IN ADNYAMATHANHA
267
INDEXOF LANGUAGES
285
INDEXOF NAMES
287
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