This publication builds on R. M. W. Dixon's such a lot influential paintings at the indigenous languages of Australia over the last 40 years, from his trailblazing grammar of Dyirbal released in 1972 to later grammars of Yidin (1971) and Warrgamay (1981). fit for human consumption Gender, better half's mother sort, and Other Grammatical Wonders comprises additional experiences on those languages, and the interrelations among them. Following an account of the anthropological and linguistic history, half I presents an intensive exam of, and comparability among, the gender procedure in Dyirbal (one of whose individuals refers to 'edible vegetables') and the set of nominal classifiers in Yidin. The chapters partially II describe Dyirbal's strange kinship process and the 'mother-in-law' language sort, and examines the origins of 'mother-in-law' vocabulary in Dyirbal and in Yidin. There are 4 grammatical stories partially III, facing syntactic orientation, serial verb structures, complementation thoughts, and grammatical reanalysis. half IV covers grammatical and lexical edition around the dialects of Dyirbal, compensatory phonological adjustments, and a learn of language touch around the Cairns rainforest zone. the 2 ultimate chapters, partially V, recount the sorrowful tales of ways the Yidin and Dyirbal languages slowly slipped into oblivion.
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