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Title: Ngan’gityemerri: a language of the Daly River region, Northern Territory of Australia
Written By: Nicholas Reid
Edited By: R. M. W. Dixon
URL: http://lincom-shop.eu
Series Title: Outstanding grammars from Australia 06
Description:

Ngan'gityemerri is the name of a language spoken in two varieties named
Ngan’gikurunggurr and Ngen’giwumirri. This language is spoken near the
western coast of Australia’s Northern Territory by about 150 people.

This is a technical reference grammar, rather than a 2nd language learning
resource, written for an audience of linguists. It treats Ngan’gikurunggurr and
Ngen’giwumirri as a single grammar, but draws explicit attention to those
areas where they differ.

Ngan'gityemerri is a non-PamaNyungan language with high levels of
morphological complexity. It has a rich system of about 16 noun classes; a
sound system atypical of Australia in having a 3-way obstruent contrast; and
a verb complex built up through the pairing of an inflecting auxiliary verb with
a non-inflecting verb stem (or coverb).

This study aims to provide a broad treatment of most areas of
Ngan'gityemerri, so it includes substantial chapters on its phonology, and
nominal and verbal morphology. However, as this is a language in which the
verb is where the action is, that broad treatment is countered with more
detailed exploration of two of the verb’s most interesting aspects: the
incorporation of body part terms into the verbal complex; and the semantics
of auxiliary verbs.

This grammar is theoretically eclectic, drawing on whatever grammatical tools
best achieve the aim of describing Ngan’gityemerri. It is written in
straightforward language and contains a large number of natural language
examples will best allow the reader to judge the accuracy and internal
consistency of the description.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Typology
Australian Languages
Subject Language(s): Nangikurrunggurr
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862881000
Pages: 468
Prices: Europe EURO 74.80