Australian Aboriginal grammar

Australian Aboriginal grammar. Edited by Barry J. Blake London ; Sydney: Wolfeboro, N.H. : Croom Helm, 1987.

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Title Australian Aboriginal grammar
Place of Publication London ; Sydney
Publisher Wolfeboro, N.H. : Croom Helm
Publication year 1987
Sub-type Edited book
Open Access Status
ISBN 0709939892
Language eng
Editor Barry J. Blake
Total number of pages 220
Subjects 420103 Aboriginal Languages
Formatted Abstract/Summary

This text i s designed to serve as an introduction to the grammar of Australia's Aboriginal languages. It focuses on grammatical relations and sentence structure. Australian languages are of some interest with respect to a typology of grammatical relations since the majority of them mark the subject of a transitive verb distinctively. i.e. they are ergative, and this type is very much a minority among the world's languages. Sentence structure is frequently notable for its lack of depth and the absence of ordering rules based on grammatical classes or relations. Together these syntactic deficiencies allow the maximum scope for discourse based strategies of sentence presentation. Australian languages are also rich in rules that are sensitive to a hierarchy that runs from the speech act participants (first and second person) down through the Great Chain of Being to inanimates. Such rules are described at several points in the text and the various manifestations of the hierarchy brought together and interpreted in the final chapter of the study. ………………

Keyword Aboriginal Australians -- Languages -- Grammar
Q-Index Code AX
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