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A grammatical sketch of Ngarla: A language of Western Australia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis the basic grammatical structure of normal speech style of the Western Australian language Ngarla is described using example sentences taken from the Ngarla – English Dictionary (by Geytenbeek; unpublished). No previous description of the language exists,  and since there are only five people who still speak it, it is of utmost importance that it is investigated and described. The analysis in this thesis has been made by Torbjörn Westerlund, and the focus lies on the morphology of the nominal word class. The preliminary results show that the language shares many grammatical traits with other Australian languages, e.g. the ergative/absolutive case marking pattern. The language also appears to have an extensive verbal inflectional system, and many verbalisers.

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2007. , 72 p.
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Australian languages, Pama-Nyungan, Pilbara, grammar, verbs, nouns, case marking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126662DiVA: diva2:325956
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-06-30 Created: 2010-06-21 Last updated: 2010-06-30Bibliographically approved

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