By R. M. W. Dixon

ISBN-10: 0521214629

ISBN-13: 9780521214629

Professor Dixon's e-book The Dyirbal Language of North Queensland (CUP 1972) is recognize to be a vintage research. His examine of Yidin is without delay similar in significance. Yidin, that's additionally a demise language, is Dyirbal's northerly neighbour. but the 2 languages have extraordinary and primary alterations in each one quarter of grammar (while nonetheless either belonging to the Australian language family). within the phonology, there's a choice for every notice to include a good variety of syllables, as a way to fulfill the strain objectives of Yidin. Syntactically, the language is of a 'mixed ergative' style that can't simply be accommodated by way of commonplace syntactic conception. those and several other distinct good points of Yidin have an important referring to numerous theoretical enquiries into linguistic universals.

Show description

Read or Download A Grammar of Yidin PDF

Best instruction books

Take Control of the Noisy Class: From chaos to calm in 15 seconds

Do you fight to get scholars to pay attention on your classes? Do you discover scholars dragging their heels in your classes basically to conflict with you from bell to bell? Are you uninterested with scholars who speak over you and forget about your directions? Are you drained, tired and tired as a result of low point disruption, disobedience and defiance?

Dictionary of Turkic Languages

This multi-language dictionary covers the 8 significant Turkic languages: Turkish, Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Uzbek, Uighur, Kazakh, Kirgiz, and Tatar. 2000 headwords in English are translated into all of the 8 Turkic languages. phrases are prepared either alphabetically and topically. unique script and Latin transliteration are supplied for every language.

Complete Babylonian: A Teach Yourself Guide

It is simple to educate your self Babylonian! entire Babylonian: A train your self advisor offers you a transparent and finished method of Babylonian, so that you can growth quick from the fundamentals to realizing and writing Babylonian with self assurance. inside of all the 24 thematic chapters, vital language constructions are brought via life-like dialogues.

Learning Latin the Ancient Way: Latin Textbooks from the Ancient World

What did Greek audio system within the Roman empire do after they desired to research Latin? They used Latin-learning fabrics containing actual, relaxing vignettes approximately way of life within the historical global - purchasing, banking, going to the baths, having fights, being scolded, making excuses - a great deal just like the dialogues in a few of brand new foreign-language textbooks.

Extra info for A Grammar of Yidin

Example text

J' storytime person, thing or place'); the term ' dreamtime' is not used in this region and there seems to be no connection with 'dreams'. For instance, one story tells how the rainbow (gucjugurfu) originally had the only fire in the world, while the birds (who were 'storytime people') were shivering and getting sick from eating raw food. Various birds and a grasshopper tried unsuccessfully to snatch the fire away (the ways in which each was prepared for its attempt accounts for its present colouring, and other physical characteristics).

As Gribble (1930: 99) himself put it 'in the early days of our work pidgin English was used by us all, and a beastly gibberish it was. ' It is, in fact, instructive to compare Yarrabah with Hopevale Mission, just north of Cooktown, which was founded the same year. The Lutheran Pastor Schwarz - who founded Hopevale in 1886 and ran it until he was interned as an alien in 1939 - learned the language and wrote a grammar of it. The people at Hopeville still speak Guugu-Yimidhirr; and what is more, their English seems to be of a higher standard than that at Yarrabah.

6) since there is no one living who can match Tilly Fuller's knowledge of the tablelands dialect. The only other informant who could give any words in the Dyalnuy style was Pompey Langdon (rfaluiu), a speaker of tablelands Yidiji who lived at Blackfellow Creek, near Edmonton (and moved to Yarrabah in 1975). An initiated full-blood, Pompey Langdon is now aged over 80 and is not as mentally alert as Tilly Fuller or Dick Moses; he could not give texts but it was possible to check some lexical and simple grammatical points with him.

Download PDF sample

A Grammar of Yidin by R. M. W. Dixon


by Kenneth
4.5

Rated 4.38 of 5 – based on 14 votes