Tasaku Tsunoda's A Grammar of Warrongo PDF

By Tasaku Tsunoda

ISBN-10: 3110238764

ISBN-13: 9783110238761

Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was once spoken in northeast Australia. This quantity is basically in accordance with the wealthy info recorded from the final fluent speaker. It info the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. specifically, it presents a very scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that's infrequent one of the world's language. It additionally indicates that, not like another Australian languages, Warrongo has noun words which are configurational. total this quantity exhibits what could be documented of a language that has just one speaker.

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It collected all the scrub turkey eggs. The scrub turkeys got angry, and chased the snake. The earth, too, got angry and fire came out of the ground, which created a big crater there. The snake, which had been chased, fled into the crater and was trapped in it. Nowadays there is a creek running into the crater. This is the route by which the snake fled into the crater. Going down south, there is a story that describes the origin of Innot Hot Springs (Map 3). Alf Palmer narmted two versions of this story (in English).

Alf Palmer stated that there is a place that has the following name (another sentential place name): (1-6) wombon-0 joyora-n. ' AlfPalmer stated that this place is two miles down the Burdekin River from Valley of Lagoons. Therefore, it must be in Gugu-Badhun territory. Then the GuguBadhun name Wumbunbarra and the Warrongo name Wombon Joyoran appear to refer to the same place. ) [5] There is another sentential placename: (1-7) warmgo-0 jana-n. ' 24 The language and its speakers Alf Palmer gave a place name that appears to be in the Warrgamay language.

When the child's parents carne back from lnmting, they learned what had happened. They walked over to Magnetic Island, found the carpet snake, and cut it open. - TT]. The word for 'carpet snake' is gabul in the languages of the region, including Warrongo. Phonetically it is [gabol] in Reggie Palm Island's pronunciation. (It is [kabol] in Alf Palmer's. ) According to Rachel Cummins (e-mail message of 6 February 2009), the child in question is a young girl. The pool at Bamboo Creek existed in 1974, when Reggie Palm Island narrated this story.

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