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The Languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia - William B. McGregor

The Languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Hardcover Published: 22nd July 2004
ISBN: 9780415308083
Number Of Pages: 374

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The Kimberley, the far north-west of Australia, is one of the most linguistically diverse regions of the continent. Some fifty-five Aboriginal languages belonging to five different families are spoken within its borders. Few of these languages are currently being passed on to children, most of whom speak Kriol (a new language that arose about half a century ago from an earlier Pidgin English) or Aboriginal English (a dialect of English) as their mother tongue and usual language of communication. This book describes the Aboriginal languages spoken today and in the recent past in this region. The main features are of their grammars are outlined, including their sounds and word and sentence structures. In addition, there is discussion of how they are related to one another, how they were and are used in conversational interactions, and their roles and uses in traditional and modern speech communities.

List of tables
List of figures
List of plates
List of maps
Survey of Kimberley Languages
Language in Kimberley Aboriginal Societies
Phonetics and Phonology
Fundamental Concepts of Grammar
Pronouns and Determiners
Nominals and Noun Phrases
Verbs and Verbal Constructions
Vocabulary and Meaning
Clauses and Sentences
Text and Discourse
Grammar in Language use
Conclusion Languages and Sources
Index of authors
Index of languages
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780415308083
ISBN-10: 0415308089
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 22nd July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.41  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1