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By Tasaku Tsunoda

Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was once spoken in northeast Australia. This quantity is essentially in response to the wealthy facts recorded from the final fluent speaker. It info the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. specifically, it presents a really scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that's infrequent one of the world's language. It additionally indicates that, not like another Australian languages, Warrongo has noun words which are configurational. total this quantity indicates what should be documented of a language that has just one speaker.

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West of Nyawaygi and south of Warrongo is Gugu-Badhun. According to Sutton (1973: 14), Gugu-Badhun territory reaches as far as Meadowbank, Glenharding and Wairuna Stations in the north (as noted above), and Clarke River in the south, about where it joins the Burdekin River. South of Gugu-Badhun is Gujal (also spelt Gudjal; also known as Gujala and Gurjal). According to Sutton (1973: 14), its approximate southern boundary is Charters Towers. According to Sutton (1973: 9), west of Jirrbal and northwest of Warrongo is Mbabaram.

He dropped the initial nasal lrn/ and replaced the short vowel [ba] with the long Ten·itory and neighbouring languages 7 vowel [ba:]. 2, the putative language name 'Bara' may be a mishearing for ':tvfbara'. For Warnin, I recorded twelve words from Freddy Fulford in 1974, but I am unable to analyze the data. In his pronunciation, the name of his language is [wamen]. (Alf Palmer knew this name, and he, too, pronounced it [wamen]. ) Almost certainly these languages are mutually unintelligible with Warrongo.

It will consist of the nounjambal-0 and the enclitic =goli 'only' (1-9) jambal-r2J=goli snake-NOM/ACC=only Tentative translation: 'only the snake' [9] There are many placenarnes that appear to be based on the geography, flora, fauna, etc. g. )' and 'Henrietta Creek (near Abergowrie)'. [10] There are also many placenames whose etymology is not known One example is bajobala ([batfobala]) 'Kirrama Station'. 1), but the name is known to, and used by, many other groups. 2. 5. Sections and totems In the Warrongo group, as in the neighbouring groups of the region, its members are divided into four sections.

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