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Polysynthetic sociolinguistics: the language and culture of Murrinh Patha Youth

Mansfield, John Basil


This thesis is about the life and language of kardu kigay – young Aboriginal men in the town of Wadeye, northern Australia. Kigay have attained some notoriety within Australia for their participation in “heavy metal gangs”, which periodically cause havoc in the town. But within Australianist linguistics circles, they are additionally known for speaking Murrinh Patha, a polysynthetic language that has a number of unique grammatical structures, and which is one of the few Aboriginal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014-06
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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