'Up dere la': final particle la in a Queensland Aboriginal vernacular

Gourlay, Claire and Mushin, Ilana (2015) 'Up dere la': final particle la in a Queensland Aboriginal vernacular. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 35 1: 76-101. doi:10.1080/07268602.2015.976902


Author Gourlay, Claire
Mushin, Ilana
Title 'Up dere la': final particle la in a Queensland Aboriginal vernacular
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'Up dere la': final particle la in a Queensland Aboriginal vernacular
Journal name Australian Journal of Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-2996
0726-8602
Publication date 2015-01-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/07268602.2015.976902
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 76
End page 101
Total pages 26
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents an analysis of the discourse particle la as it is used in an English-based Aboriginal vernacular language spoken in an ex-government reserve in Queensland. Using unelicited conversational data recorded in primary school classrooms, we present an analysis of the formal and functional properties of la. In terms of formal properties, we classify la as a final particle and observe that it frequently collocates with the deictic demonstratives ere (here) and dere (dere) and the visual perception verbs look and see. In our functional analysis we show that la is employed when the speaker is directing an interlocutor to jointly attend with the speaker to a specific object or action within the here-and-now environment—a function that is rare among discourse particles. We also discuss the possible origins of this particle in terms of substrate influences from traditional Australian languages or borrowing from other contact varieties. Our analysis of the particle la thus contributes both to our understanding of Queensland Aboriginal vernaculars and of discourse particles as linguistic objects that illustrate the inherently intersubjective nature of language.
Keyword Aboriginal English
Discourse particle
Final particle
Interactional linguistics
Intersubjectivity
Joint attention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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