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The basic case marking of Ngarla, a language of Western Australia.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2009 (English)In: Multilingualism, Proceedings of the 23rd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics. / [ed] Anju Saxena & Åke Viberg, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet , 2009, 115-126 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to describe the basic case marking in Ngarla (Pama-Nyungan, Ngayarta) - a previously understudied Australian language. Basic case marking – the marking of core clausal constituents - is understood to comprise marking on intransitive subject (S), transitive subject (A), and transitive object (P). Some information will also be provided about peripheral case markers; dative, purposive, instrumental, and aversive. This paper will show that the marking of core clausal functions is complex in Ngarla, and that the peripheral case marking is typologically interesting in several respects. The marking of dative and possessive have for example merged in Ngarla, and the language also appears to have a separate aversive suffix, something that is quite unusual in Australian languages.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet , 2009. 115-126 p.
Studia Linguistica Upsaliensia, ISSN 1652-1366 ; 8
Keyword [en]
Australian languages, Pama-Nyungan, Pilbara, grammar, noun, pronoun, case marking, ergative, locative, dative, purposive, instrumental, aversive
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126670ISBN: 978-91-554-7594-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126670DiVA: diva2:326019
23rd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
Available from: 2010-06-21 Created: 2010-06-21 Last updated: 2011-01-04Bibliographically approved

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