A Functional Grammar of Gooniyandi (Studies in Language by William B. McGregor

By William B. McGregor

This quantity units out to supply a finished description of the grammar of Gooniyandi, a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the southern-central Kimberley quarter of Western Australia. It covers phonetics and phonology, note word and clause constitution, and the semantics of closed-class grammatical goods. the foremost concentration is, despite the fact that, on that means: how do Gooniyandi audio system suggest with and of their language. To this finish, the theoretical framework of systemic sensible grammar, fairly as elaborated in Halliday's contemporary paintings, is followed. definite refinements to the idea are proposed as a way to larger account for the Gooniyandi proof. Of seen value to these learning Australian aboriginal languages, this paintings has an significance to a much wider viewers for its powerful presentation of conception justification.

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To date, only Catholic Education in the Kimberley has a language policy, and employs linguists to implement it. In 1982 the Yiyili Community School, independently run by that Community, started operation. At that time it employed one white school teacher, Robyn Dickinson. The community felt that, in addition to educating their children in English and mathematics, education in their own language and culture was equally important. One of the aims of the school (to quote from the School Policy) is "To develop and introduce a Gooniyandi language and literacy progmmme".

This corpus includes texts, as well as formally elicited words, phrases and sentences, all of which were recorded on cassette and transcribed in the field into notebooks. ) Almost the entire body of text was spoken onto tape at my request, or offered for recording by the narrator. Although Gooniyandi is in daily use, I recorded no spontaneous monologues addressed to an Aboriginal (or primarily Aboriginal) audience, and little free conversation: perhaps an hour in all, and none surreptitiously. A secondary source of data were the observations I entered into my notebooks of freely occurring speech, where circumstances did not permit recording on cassette.

From then until 1988 no linguist was employed, and the language programme ceased operation. In 1988 it was begun again, with the assistance of Barbara Jones, a teacher-linguist for the Kimberley Language Resource Centre. F~udson produced some basic literacy materials, and developed the followmg orthography, in consultation with two literate native speakers, David Street and Topsy Chestnut (Street and Chestnut 1984:4, Hudson I984a, 1984b): Vowels: a, ar {long a), i, ii (long i), oa (short and long IPA u); 27 EDUCATIONANDORTHOGRAPHY Consonants: b, m (bilabials); d, n, I (apico-alvelolars); 4..

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