Nhanda: An Aboriginal Language of Western Australia

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University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 170 pages
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This book presents the first detailed sketch grammar of Nhanda, a Pama-Nyungan language of the central coast of Western Australia presently on the verge of extinction. This language was once spoken along the lower Murchison River, from Kalbarri inland, and south to present-day Northampton and Geraldton, but has remained largely unknown until recent years. Nhanda is based on the author's fieldwork in Western Australia from 1993 to 1998 with one of the last speakers of the language, and also incorporates notes of early explorers and linguists who passed through the area. The grammar presents the general features of the language within the Australian context, followed by a comprehensive study of Nhanda sound patterns, major sections on nominal and verbal morphology, and descriptions of simple sentences and constituent order. Each chapter is rich in data and provides comparative evidence with important implications for historical relationships between the languages of Australia. The volume also includes Nhanda-English and English-Nhanda alphabetical vocabularies and an alphabetical list of Nhanda affixes. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication No. 30
 

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Contents

The Language and Its Speakers l
1
Table 11 Nhanda dialects
4
Phonology
10
Table 23 Nhanda syllable types
18
Table 26 Differences in homophonous nggu suffixes
34
Table 27 Initial apical correspondences
44
Morphology
45
Table 31 Derived nominals with agentive caa
61
Table 32 Nhanda inflected demonstratives
73
Table 36 Summary of bound pronouns
86
Table 39 NHclass verbs
92
Table 313 Nhanda verbs take and tell
98
Syntax
120
Lexicon
139
Bibliography
167
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