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By Rachel Nordlinger, Felicity Meakins

This quantity is a grammatical description of Bilinarra, an endangered Australian language. This paintings attracts on fabrics accrued over a 20-year interval from the final first-language audio system of the language, so much of whom have seeing that passed on to the great beyond. special realization is paid to all facets of the grammar, with all examples supplied with linked sound documents.

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A Grammar of Bilinarra: An Australian Aboriginal Language of the Northern Territory

This quantity is a grammatical description of Bilinarra, an endangered Australian language. This paintings attracts on fabrics gathered over a 20-year interval from the final first-language audio system of the language, such a lot of whom have for the reason that passed on to the great beyond. particular cognizance is paid to all elements of the grammar, with all examples supplied with linked sound documents.

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Few of the non-Walbri [Warlpiri] people could either speak or understand more than a few words of the language spoken by the Walbri . . On account of their contact with Europeans, by whom so many of them were employed, most of the station people found it necessary to learn a certain amount of English. (Berndt & Berndt, 1987: 59) Given this situation, it is likely that there were a number of pressures on Bilinarra. The dominant traditional languages were either related to Bilinarra, such as The socio-political and linguistic history of the Bilinarra people 25 Mudburra, or were mutually intelligible, such as Gurindji.

It exists as an unpublished booklet. This story won the contemporary story category of the 2005 Northern Territory Indigenous Languages Story Writing competition. garra ‘Fishing’ Story was recorded and transcribed in 2002 by Felicity Meakins with Ivy Kulngari Nangari-Nambijina† in Katherine and exists as a video and an unpublished booklet held at Mimi Ngurrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation (previously Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) in Katherine, Northern Territory. Jangga-gu Gambala Wubgarra Mangarri was recorded and transcribed in 2002 by Felicity Meakins with Ivy Kulngari Nangari-Nambijina† in Katherine and exists as an unpublished booklet held at Mimi Ngurrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation in Katherine, Northern Territory.

2). There is no gender distinction made among 3rd person pronouns. Bound pronouns in Bilinarra are 4 The language and its speakers not attached to a catalyst as they are in the other Ngumpin languages; rather, there are a number of complex, discourse-related principles which determine their position within the sentence. The unmarked situation is to attach bound pronouns to the initial constituent of the clause. 4. g. 2). Inflecting verbs belong to a closed class of verbs which are grammatically obligatory in the verb complex.

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