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By Alice R. Gaby

This grammar deals a entire description of Kuuk Thaayorre, a Paman language spoken at the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Australia. The Paman languages of Cape York have lengthy been famous for his or her exhibition of substantial phonological, semantic and morphosyntactic switch (e.g. Hale 1964, Dixon 1980). but there has before been no released complete reference grammar of a language from this sector (some first-class dictionaries, theses and cartoon grammars even though, e.g. corridor 1972, Alpher 1973, 1991, Crowley 1983, Kilham et al. 1986, Sutton 1995, Smith & Johnson 2000).

On the root of elicited facts, narrative and semi-spontaneous dialog recorded among 2002 and 2008, in addition to archival fabrics, this grammar info the phonetics and phonology, morphosyntax, lexical and constructional semantics and pragmatics of 1 of the few indigenous Australian languages nonetheless used as a first-rate technique of communique. Kuuk Thaayorre possesses positive factors of typological curiosity at each one of those levels.

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G. regularisation of ergative morphology by younger speakers), this is noted in a footnote. 11 The standard form is determined by token frequency in my corpus. 4 Index of consultants and collaborators The example sentences quoted in this grammar were uttered by dozens of people in numerous speech contexts. Not all of the people who worked with me wanted their utterances to be attributed to them in this written document. Many others, however, were keen to be identified along with quotations of their speech.

30 Phonology → [n̪̊] / C $_ [-voice] → [n̪] / elsewhere /ɲ/ → [ɲ] /ŋ/ → [ŋ̊] / → [ŋ] / elsewhere /n̪/ C $_ [-voice] The absence of voiceless allophone for the palatal nasal may simply be due to the fact that the palatal nasal is itself quite rare, and my corpus contains no lexemes in which this nasal follows a voiceless consonant (the conditioning environment for nasal devoicing). Note also that my analysis of the place of articulation of the palatal nasal departs from Hall (1968:63), who analyses it as a single segment formed by compounding the alveolar nasal and palatal glide (as suggested by the digraph /ny/ in his working orthography), which he claims also has a “voiced apico-dental laminoalveolar nasal” allophone.

Finally, I have tried to emulate Hall’s (1972) munificent provision of example sentences as far as space will allow. I believe this is important not only for the benefit of future linguists who may wish to form their own conclusions without their being mediated by my own analytical interpretation, but also to help the reader form an impression of the Thaayorre language as it is used. But while Mithun (2001:53) exhorts that grammars should let speakers “speak for themselves, creating a record of spontaneous speech in natural communicative settings”, the reader should not assume that the example sentences herein accurately reflect the culture, interests, priorities or personalities of the speakers that uttered them.

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