A Grammar of Kuuk Thaayorre (Mouton Grammar Library) by Alice R. Gaby

By Alice R. Gaby

This grammar deals 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 well-known for his or her exhibition of substantial phonological, semantic and morphosyntactic switch (e.g. Hale 1964, Dixon 1980). but there has before been no released complete reference grammar of a language from this region (some first-class dictionaries, theses and comic strip grammars although, e.g. corridor 1972, Alpher 1973, 1991, Crowley 1983, Kilham et al. 1986, Sutton 1995, Smith & Johnson 2000).

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

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In Kuuk Thaayorre, the lenition of word-initial onsets is likely to be an effect of phrase-level prosody on word-level phonology. 4 Minimal pairs As it would demand too much space to provide minimal pairs contrasting every pair of phonemes in each syllabic position, this section will focus on contrasting suspicious pairs. It should be taken as read that phonemic contrasts are maintained in all environments unless otherwise specified. PFV’ The contrast between apical and laminal front-coronal stops is neutralised wordinitially (dental pronunciation being most common), and the only word-initial palatal stops are found in marginal word classes (ideophones, interjections and loanwords; cf.

G. yarrii ~ yarriy ‘thus’), the transcription reflects the standard form11 rather than what may have been uttered in the particular context. g. angunp ~ nhamunp ‘in this place’), the form is transcribed as uttered by the speaker and no comment is made except where relevant to the discussion at hand. g. regularisation of ergative morphology by younger speakers), this is noted in a footnote. 11 The standard form is determined by token frequency in my corpus. 4 Index of consultants and collaborators The example sentences quoted in this grammar were uttered by dozens of people in numerous speech contexts.

26 Phonology The aspirated allophones tend to occur as the onset of a stressed, word-initially syllable (as in /pan/ [phan] ‘bait’ and /ka:l/ [kha:l] ‘ear’). g. /waʔap/ [waʔap] ‘river’. All obstruents have an unreleased allophone that appears as the coda of a non-final syllable (especially where the onset of the following syllable is homorganic and/or bilabial), as in /katpir/ [khat̚pɪr]19. g. /min̪ ku:c/ [mɪn̪ gu:c]). g. /ko:kope/ [kho:ɣope] or [kho:jope] ‘wait’). It seems likely that the glide allophone has arisen as a further lenited variant of the fricative allophone, and indeed speakers are likely to pronounce the obstruent as a fricative when asked to slowly repeat a word in which a glide allophone was present on first utterance.

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