A grammar of Kuuk Thaayorre by Alice R. Gaby

By Alice R. Gaby

This grammar bargains a accomplished description of Kuuk Thaayorre, a Paman language spoken at the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Australia. The Paman languages of Cape York have lengthy been famous for his or her exhibition of substantial phonological, semantic and morphosyntactic swap (e.g. Hale 1964, Dixon 1980). but there has previously been no released complete reference grammar of a language from this zone (some first-class dictionaries, theses and cartoon grammars even though, e.g. corridor 1972, Alpher 1973, 1991, Crowley 1983, Kilham et al. 1986, Sutton 1995, Smith & Johnson 2000).

On the foundation of elicited information, narrative and semi-spontaneous dialog recorded among 2002 and 2008, in addition to archival fabrics, this grammar information the phonetics and phonology, morphosyntax, lexical and constructional semantics and pragmatics of 1 of the few indigenous Australian languages nonetheless used as a major technique of conversation. Kuuk Thaayorre possesses positive factors of typological curiosity at every one of those levels.

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PFV 26 My thanks to Barry Alpher for confirming this contrast, and supplying audio files to support it. 38 Phonology That neither rhotic is an allophone of the apical plosive or lateral is demonstrated by the following set of minimal contrasts: (29) wa:ɻin ‘chase’ wa:r ‘bad’ wa:t ‘incorrectly’ wa:l ‘silly’ Finally, it was mentioned above that the glottal stop is elided by many speakers, often producing a long vowel (as in the case of /waʔap/ -> /wa:p/ ‘river’). g. glottalisation of adjacent segments).

4 Lateral There is a single lateral phoneme which is basically alveolar in articulation, though a retroflex allophone is conditioned by a preceding retroflex approximant. g. /pork/ ‘big’ ~ /polk/24. 23 This depressed tongue root sometimes gives rise to a preceding phonetic palatal glide (particularly following the reflexive morpheme, -e), which Alpher (personal communication) suggests may relate to the Arandic pre-palatalised stops, which themselves developed from original retroflex phonemes. g.

G. /waath/ ‘search’ contrasts with /paath/ ‘fire’, cf. e. /w/ is never realised as [p]). e. [pa:wat̪] ~ [ pa:βat̪]). Similarly, whilst /pal/ ‘towards’ has allophones [pal]~[wal], this 19 Such variation in release is commonplace and will not be remarked upon in the discussion of the following obstruent phonemes. 20 Hall (1968:61) also remarks: “/p/ has an alternative nasal release used by most speakers word- medially before /m/. It is a voiceless velic flap with the lips closed as in /tanp-m/ ~ [unreproducible] ‘pushed’”.

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