A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi by William B. McGregor

By William B. McGregor

This quantity units out to supply a entire description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley zone of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, notice word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the key concentration is, although, on that means: how do Gooniyandi audio system suggest with and of their language. To this end,  Read more...

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To afHER WORK ON GOONIYANDI 29 the best of my knowledge this is the only published data on Gooniyandi (prior to my own work). Capell (1940:244) was the first linguist to correctly identify Bunuba and Gooniyandi as members of a single language group, referring to them as "prefixing languages without noun classification". The linguistic surveys of O'Grady, V oegelin, and Voegelin (1966:78), Oates and Oates {1970), and Wurm (1972) repeat Capell's remarks without adding anything new. Worms apparently did a little field work on Gooniyandi in the thirties or forties (Worms 1953:960).

He correctly identified the free pronominal forms -but he sometimes confused yaadi 'we unrestricted (=we plural inclusive)' as 'we plural exclusive' - and his verbal paradigms are reasonably accurate, though incomplete. There are just a few unidentified forms in Coate's corpus, some of which may perhaps be Kija: for example, mangany 'no, not' (mangaddi and marlami in Gooniyandi), and -ningi 'to him/her/it' (-nhi in Gooniyandi). In the mid- to late nineteen seventies two academic linguists, namely Alan Rumsey and Tasaku Tsunoda, recorded small amounts of Gooniyandi; both have kindly made their recordings available to me.

Ng (dorso-velars); and w, y (semi-vowels). This orthography was designed principally in order to facilitate the transfer of literacy skills from English (although personally I do not feel that it went far enough in this direction). It is not phonemic. The symbol d, for example, represents two distinct phonemes: the apico-alvcolar stop, and the apico-alveolar tap or trill. 6. 2). It seems that there is a very positive attitude towards this orthography among both staff and students. However, the fact that it is non-phonemic makes it inappropriate and cumbersome for a work of this nature.

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