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By Mark Harvey

This grammar presents an total description of Gaagudju, a now approximately extinct language of northern Australia. Gaagudju differs from such a lot formerly defined Australian languages in a few methods. It indicates marked alterations within the realizations of under pressure and unstressed syllables. It has complicated platforms of prefixation in addition to suffixation. there's a transparent contrast among effective and unproductive morphology, with a large number of the morphology being unproductive. whereas be aware order is usually unfastened, strictly ordered phrasal compounding constructions are very important.

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Given that palatal stop and nasal segments are required to account for syllabification patterns, the least complicated, and therefore preferred analysis of consonantal elements with their phonetic characteristics is as segments rather than clusters. Nevetheless, it must be re-iterated for some pairs such as goo-n-ya 'IV-FU-go' and moonja 'mosquito', there is no direct phonetic evidence for the differing analyses. In cases where there is a preceding front vowel, there is direct phonetic evidence for a contrast.

2-8) yunggaalja [juogaaiÄa] 'devil' As shown in (2-8), the vowel preceding the /lj/ was commonly realised as a diphthong. 7). The realisation of (2-8) may be contrasted with the realisation of (2-9), which involves the cluster /n+y/. ' [argäanja] ~ *[argaainja] The sequnce /aa-n-y/ is commonly attested in the database in the paradigms of both 'to come' and 'to come back' (Appendix 2). It never showed a diphthongal realisation. The contrast between the two realisations in (2-8) and (2-9) provides the only direct evidence for positing a palatal lateral segment.

The only clear case where a superordinate term based on technical criterion exists is with the Gaagudju term Giimbiyu, which refers to the overall Erre Mengerrdji - Urningangk language. However quite apart from the fact that this term belongs to another language, the generality of the evidence shows that this superordinate term is a secondary categorisation. For purposes such as succession to land (Keen 1980a: 83-84) and mythological associations of land and language (Berndt & Berndt 1989) Erre, Mengerrdji and Urningangk are treated as separate languages.

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