A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi (Studies in Language by William B. McGregor PDF

By William B. McGregor

This quantity units out to supply a finished description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley zone of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, be aware word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the foremost concentration is, even if, on which means: how do Gooniyandi audio system suggest with and of their language. To this finish, the theoretical framework of systemic practical grammar, fairly as elaborated in Halliday's fresh paintings, is followed. definite refinements to the idea are proposed on the way to larger account for the Gooniyandi proof. Of noticeable value to these learning Australian aboriginal languages, this paintings has an value to a much broader viewers for its powerful presentation of concept justification.

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But there are encouraging signs of changes in attitudes of teachers and educators, and in the last few years many have started, or are keen to start language programmes in their schools. In 1982, a language and culture programme in the local languages was started in the Fitzroy Crossing State High School, and the involvement of the adults in the local Aboriginal community, Junjuwa, was sought and encouraged. This programme ceased operation in 1983, for reasons unknown to me. It was restarted by the new principal in 1985.

1). It is clear that speakers regarded the elicitation process as text-producing, and their responses were characteristic of genres appropriate to the referential content. Much of the formally elicited data is, then, in a sense controlled, or constructed text, rather than isolated, decontextualised sentences. The primary thrust of elicitation was to develop and construct such contexts as might not frequently arise in conditions where recording was possible. t•xts only). Although I am mindful of the many dangers inherent in using elicited materials.

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