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By Tasaku Tsunoda

Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was once spoken in northeast Australia. This quantity is basically in keeping with the wealthy information recorded from the final fluent speaker. It info the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. specifically, it presents a very scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that's infrequent one of the world's language. It additionally indicates that, not like another Australian languages, Warrongo has noun words which are configurational. total this quantity indicates what could be documented of a language that has just one speaker.

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If they constituted one single unit, the primary stress would fall on the first syllable of the first word. 7 for stress. [7] There are placenarnes which appear to involve a suffix but whose etymology is not known. For example, the placenarne Jalnyjanbara 'Cashmere Station' (where AlfPalmer grew up; cf. 1) appears to contain the suffix -bara (not -ba"a; cf. 1-[1]). 1-[8]. The meaning ofjalnyjan is not known. [8] There is possibly one placenarne that consists of a noun and an enclitic. 3, in the story given by Tommy Murray, a Jirrbal speaker, a snake (not an eel) swallowed up humans at Innot Hot Springs.

Xon (1972), and my data recorded from Tommy Springcart and Tommy Murray, (ii) Girramay: Dixon (1972), (iii) Warrgamay: Dixon (1981), (iv) Nyawaygi: Dixon (1983), (v) Warrongo: my data recorded from Alf Palmer, (vi) Gugu-Badhun: Sutton (1973), (vii) Gujal: Peter Sutton's data recorded from Freddy Toomba and Ranji Pope, (viii) Biri: my data recorded from Harry Johnson, Eddy Barker, and Reggie Dodd, (ix) Bidyara and Gungabula: Breen (1973); and (x) Gunya and Margany: Breen (1981). For Warrongo, only the data from Alf Palmer (and not from Alec Collins) are cited.

E. e. e. n) 8 The language and its speakers The languages of Dixon's Herbert River Group are fairly different from Warrongo. For example, in terms of K. L. Hale's 99-item core vocabulary for Australian languages (cf. 3), Warrongo shares 46% with Jirrbal, 39% with Girramay, 42% with Warrgamay, and 27% with Nyawaygi. ) No doubt Warrongo and the languages of Herbert River Group are mutually unintelligible. Alf Palmer stated that Jirrbal is 'hard'. Reciprocally, Dixon (1970: 662; cf. e. Jirrbal, Girramay, etc.

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