A grammar of Limilngan: A language of the Mary River region, - download pdf or read online

By Mark Harvey

ISBN-10: 0858834618

ISBN-13: 9780858834613

This grammar offers an outline of Limilngan, a formerly undescribed and now extinct language of northern Australia. Australian languages normally express a excessive measure of structural similarity to each other. Limilngan exhibits a number of the universal Australian styles, yet in different components it diverges considerably from them. It has a customary Australian phonological stock, bit its phonotactic styles are strange. a few heterorganic clusters resembling /kb/ are of markedly better frequency than homorganic clusters similar to /nd/. Like a few Australian languages, Limilngan has many vowel-initial morphemes. besides the fact that, traditionally those consequence from lenition and never from preliminary shedding as in different places in Australia.


Like many northern languages, it has complicated structures of either prefixation and suffixation to nominals and verbs. Prefixation offers information regarding nominal class (four classes), temper, and pronominal cross-reference (subject and objects). Suffixation presents information regarding case, stressful and point. Limilngan differs from such a lot Australian languages in massive quantity of its morphology is unproductive, displaying advanced and abnormal allomorphic variation.


Limilngan is like so much Australian languages in that it can be defined as a unfastened note order language. besides the fact that, be aware order isn't at no cost and strictly ordered phrasal compounding buildings are major (e.g. within the formation of denominal verbs).

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The other was a shift of *a > i, following coronal consonants in the prefix complex. The appropriate phonological modelling for this change remains unclear. There is much more limited evidence for the same changes of *u > i. The 'give' verb root shows an alternation between lui and Iii dependent on the medial vs final position of the root in the verbal word. (2-94) a. ' [wlpanmi] b. ' Comparison with other forms in other Australian languages shows that the lui vowel is to be reconstructed for the 'give' verb (Dixon 1 980:404).

2-83) ga-y-alwalwa-rri [gaialwalwari] 1 +2A<3-bite-PI 'They were biting us. ' I n the rare examples o f word-level, compounding reduplication, the two parts o f the reduplicated construction each bear a primary stress. 7 Syllable structures The syllable template in Limilngan is (C)V(C)(C). 3. 3. There is only one example of a coda type which is not attested i ntra-morphemically. (2-85) gay-tdak [gaittak] where-II The form gay-tdak has an initial syllable gayt, which conforms in most aspects to intra­ morphemic standards.

IldIgip] The Past Perfective form in (2-23) has a stress on the vowel of the il- prefix and the prefix shows an [Id] realisation. On the other hand, the Past Irrealis form in (2-24), does not have stress on the vowel of the il- prefix, and the prefix does not show an [Id] realisation. However, there is no predictive relationship between stress and [Id] realisations synchronically in Limilngan. There are forms which are not attested with an [Id] realisation, despite a preceding stress. Phonology (2-25) a.

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