Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders: Studies in Dyirbal, Yidin, and…

Hardcover | June 21, 2015

byR. M. W Dixon

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This book builds on R. M. W. Dixon's most influential work on the indigenous languages of Australia over the past forty years, from his trailblazing grammar of Dyirbal published in 1972 to later grammars of Yidin (1971) and Warrgamay (1981). Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and OtherGrammatical Wonders includes further studies on these languages, and the interrelations between them. Following an account of the anthropological and linguistic background, part I provides a thorough examination of, and comparison between, the gender system in Dyirbal (one of whose members refers to"edible vegetables") and the set of nominal classifiers in Yidin. The chapters in part II describe Dyirbal's unusual kinship system and the "mother-in-law" language style, and examines the origins of "mother-in-law" vocabulary in Dyirbal and in Yidin. There are four grammatical studies in part III,dealing with syntactic orientation, serial verb constructions, complementation strategies, and grammatical reanalysis. Part IV covers grammatical and lexical variation across the dialects of Dyirbal, compensatory phonological changes, and a study of language contact across the Cairns rainforestregion. The two final chapters, in Part V, recount the sad stories of how the Yidin and Dyirbal languages slowly slipped into oblivion.

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This book builds on R. M. W. Dixon's most influential work on the indigenous languages of Australia over the past forty years, from his trailblazing grammar of Dyirbal published in 1972 to later grammars of Yidin (1971) and Warrgamay (1981). Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and OtherGrammatical Wonders includes further studies on th...

R. M. W. Dixon is Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University. He has published grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidin), in addition to A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian (University of Chicago Press, 1988), The Jarawara Language of Southern Amaz...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:June 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. BackgroundPart I: Genders and Classifiers2. Edible and the other genders in Dyirbal3. Classifiers in YidinPart II: Kin Relations and How to Talk with Them4. The Dyirbal kinship system5. Jalnguy, the 'mother-in-law' speech style, in Dyirbal6. The origin of 'mother-in-law' vocabulary in Dyirbal and YidinPart III: Grammatical Studies7. Comparing the syntactic orientations of Dyirbal and Yidi8. Serial verb constructions in Dyirbal9. Complementation strategies in Dyirbal10. Grammatical reanalysis in WarrgamayPart IV: Variation, Contact, and Change11. Dyirbal grammar: Variation across dialects12. Dyirbal dialectology: Lexical Variation13. Compensatory phonological changes14. A study of language contactPart V: Languages Fading Away15. The last change in Yidin16. The gradual decline of Dyirbal