Dyirbal


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a language of Australian aborigines

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what would linguistic theory look like if it were based on the analysis of Lakhota, Tagalog and Dyirbal rather than on the analysis of English?
Kinyarwanda, primary object languages (Dryer 1986), the Saliba directional strategy (Margetts 1999), the Dyirbal genitive construction (Dixon 1972), and the Kayardild proprietive strategy (Evans 2000).
However, upon closer inspection, it appears that they are terminologies of the Dyirbal type with comparative ages being the central factor of importance.
Dixon [1989, 77] reports that Dyirbal has four genders: masculine, feminine, neuter and edible.
As an example, he cites the category "balan" in the Australian aboriginal language Dyirbal.
This formulation aims to reconstruct the accepted understanding, but allows that a language (or subsystem of a language) may lack subjects, in this traditional sense: this is instantiated by Dyirbal, where a different grouping of arguments than is specified by the criterion share the equivalent syntactic and (most) morphosyntactic properties, and which on the basis of this set is described as "ergative" (Dixon 1979).
Morphological doubling is a morphologically driven, morphologically mandated doubling that is at work in cases like total reduplication in Dyirbal, illustrated in (1).
The use of filler syllables required by metrical necessity is also found in other Australian Aboriginal songs such as Marri Ngarr lirrga songs from the Daly region (Ford 2006:28), Dyirbal songs from Cape York (Koch 1987:55-9) and Ngiyambaa songs from New South Wales (Donaldson 1987:31).
Since this generalization creates a relation in the grammar between two different argument positions--typically S-A; and S-P in 'deep' ergative languages such as Dyirbal (cf.
One of the primary theses of the book is that the basic relations S, A, and O (originally proposed in Dixon's 1968 thesis The Dyirbal Language of North Queensland) are universal syntactic-semantic primitives, on the basis of which the syntactic rules of every grammar can be framed.
338) and inquires in a final section whether Dyirbal verb-plus-adverbal constructions should be regarded as SVCs.
In 1964 I recorded, from George Watson, a Dreamtime story of the Dyirbal people (also shared with their Yidiny neighbours) concerning the origins of Lakes Eacham, Barrine and Euramoo, volcanic craters on the Atherton Tableland, North Queensland.
For instance, Dixon (1984:218) asserted that 'From a grammatical point of view each Dyirbal song is just like a fragment of Guwal [everyday language]' although the usual requirement that a case inflection must be attached to every word in a noun phrase can be relaxed in a song.
The Dyirbal example in (64) shows the theme in the instrumental case:
Elaborating on Kayne (1993), the authors propose that mixed auxiliation systems are driven by a "person ergativity split" of the kind familiar from the typological literature, as observed for instance in Dyirbal.