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The verbal categories of some dialects of the Western Desert language

Bell, Neil Randal

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We commenced this study with two objectives: firstly, to describe a set of grammatical categories that would enable the comparison of WD with neighbouring languages, and, secondly, to reflect on the nature of grammatical categories. in this chapter we will assess the extent to which we have been successful in attaining these objectives. When one considers the range of vategories, it is clear that there are several degree of comparability. at one end of the spectrum there are the categories that...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBell, Neil Randal
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-23T03:08:37Z
dc.identifier.otherb17088549
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/9500
dc.description.abstractWe commenced this study with two objectives: firstly, to describe a set of grammatical categories that would enable the comparison of WD with neighbouring languages, and, secondly, to reflect on the nature of grammatical categories. in this chapter we will assess the extent to which we have been successful in attaining these objectives. When one considers the range of vategories, it is clear that there are several degree of comparability. at one end of the spectrum there are the categories that evince a high degree of formal and semantic isomorphism like the simple imperative, the participle and the past perfect categories. at the other end of the spectrum are categories like the Ngaany extensive aspect and the Ptpi intermittent action compounds to which they are related. In between are the forms that evince some formal or semantic isomorphism. All the verbal categories are set out in the table T6.1. This somewhat subjective separation of the categories requires some justification. This is particularly the case for the categories which we have deemed to have a medium degree of cross-dialectal isomorphism. The categories for which there is either a high or a low degree of formal and semantic isomorphism really require little further justification, their status in this regard having been established by argumentation elsewhere in this study.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.titleThe verbal categories of some dialects of the Western Desert language
dc.typeThesis (Masters)
local.contributor.supervisorKock, Harold
local.contributor.supervisorShopen, Tim
dcterms.valid1989
local.description.notesSupervisors: Dr Harold Kock and Dr Tim Shopen, No Library Declaration Form in file
local.description.refereedYes
local.type.degreeMaster by research (Masters)
dc.date.issued1988
local.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
local.request.nameDigital Theses
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d78daf9e982d
local.identifier.proquestYes
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