A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi (Studies in Language Companion 22)

A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi (Studies in Language Companion 22)

By: William B. McGregor (author)Hardback

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This volume sets out to provide a comprehensive description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley region of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, word phrase and clause structure, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical items. The major focus is, however, on meaning: how do Gooniyandi speakers mean with and in their language. To this end, the theoretical framework of systemic functional grammar, particularly as elaborated in Halliday's recent work, is adopted. Certain refinements to the theory are proposed in order to better account for the Gooniyandi evidence. Of obvious importance to those studying Australian aboriginal languages, this work has an importance to a wider audience for its effective presentation of theory justification.

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Contents

1. Preface; 2. Abbreviations and conventions; 3. 1 Introduction; 4. 1.1 Language type; 5. 1.2 Territory and surrounding languages; 6. 1.3 Geographical variation; 7. 1.4 Gooniyandi culture and society; 8. 1.5 Speech styles; 9. 1.6 Contact history; 10. 1.7 Present language situation; 11. 1.8 Education and orthography; 12. 1.9 Other work on Gooniyandi; 13. 1.10 Data used in this investigation; 14. 2 Phonetics and Phonology; 15. 2.1 Phonemes and their realisations; 16. 2.2 Phonotactics; 17. 2.3 Syllabic structure of words and morphemes; 18. 2.4 Sandhi; 19. 2.5 Stress; 20. 3 The Word; 21. 3.1 Preliminary remarks; 22. 3.2 Parts-of-speech; 23. 3.3 Nominals; 24. 3.4 Adverbials; 25. 3.5 Particles; 26. 3.6 Pronominals; 27. 3.7 Postpositions; 28. 3.8 Enclitics; 29. 3.9 The verb phrase; 30. 3.10 Interjections; 31. 3.11 Sound effects; 32. 3.12 Word formation; 33. 3.13 Word complexes; 34. 4 The Phrase; 35. 4.1 The noun phrase; 36. 4.2 The postpositional phrase; 37. 4.3 Phrase complexes; 38. 5 The Clause; 39. 5.1 Introductory remarks; 40. 5.2 The clause as representation; 41. 5.3 Some aspects of the textual organisation of the Gooniyandi clause; 42. 5.4 Remarks on the interpersonal organisation of the clause; 43. 5.5 Non-finite clauses; 44. 5.6 Clause complexes; 45. 6 Topics In Semantics; 46. 6.1 Preliminary remarks; 47. 6.2 Logical modifiers; 48. 6.3 Enclitics; 49. 6.4 Clause modifying particles and adverbials; 50. 6.5 Verbal categories; 51. Appendix 1: Texts; 52. Text 1: Hunting and fishing on the Fitzroy River (Jack Bohemia); 53. Text 2: A myth about fire (Dave Lamey); 54. Text 3: Pumping water for a thirsty bull (Mervin Street); 55. Appendix 2: Vocabulary In Semantic Fields; 56. Appendix 3: List of Bound Morphemes; 57. Bibliography

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  • publication date: 01/01/1990
  • ISBN13: 9789027230256
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 638
  • ID: 9789027230256
  • weight: 990
  • ISBN10: 9027230250

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