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By William B. McGregor

ISBN-10: 9027282056

ISBN-13: 9789027282057

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

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Nor is it obligatorily and mechanically chosen in response to a fully predetermined interaction type. As Rumsey (1982a:160) has poin:ed o~t, the use of the style is "a part of the means for CONSTITUTING the relationship between the interactants as one of 'avoidance' or potential affinehood" (his emphasis). The avoidance style is characterised by a cluster of formal features and strategies of language use which distinguish it from other Gooniyandi styles of speech, and which may be found to varying degrees in actual utterances.

This feature refers to the continued and/or partially impeded passage of air through the oral cavity. Stops and nasals, which involve complete obstruction in the oral cavity, are distinguished as [-continuant]. Laterals and semivowels have partial obstruction, whilst for the tap/trill obstruction is instantaneous; these segments are thus positively specified as [+continuant]. 1). There is evidence that the opposition is privative (cf. 1. However, various pieces of evidence suggest the relative markedness of each member of the opposition with respect to the other.

It is clear that speakers regarded the elicitation process as text-producing, and their responses were characteristic of genres appropriate to the referential content. Much of the formally elicited data is, then, in a sense controlled, or constructed text, rather than isolated, decontextualised sentences. The primary thrust of elicitation was to develop and construct such contexts as might not frequently arise in conditions where recording was possible. t•xts only). Although I am mindful of the many dangers inherent in using elicited materials.

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