Homwork Complete

Homwork Complete - LING305LinguisticResearch Homework....

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–6. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
LING305 Linguistic Research Homework. Answer the following questions about your language of study. Note any complications or issues that make the questions less than straightforward. The whole should be answered in 2-3 pages of prose. 1. Where was the language traditionally spoken? Does the current geographical distribution of the language differ from the traditional distribution? If so, how? 2. How many speakers did it have at the time the grammar was written (note the year). How old were they? Was the language used in the home, or what kind of functional load did it bear generally? 1
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
LING305 Linguistic Research 3. How many dialects of the language are recognised? How are the dialects delineated (eg. by geography? By family membership?). To what other languages is it closely related? 4. Is the language Pama-Nyungan or non-Pama-Nyungan? If non- PN, to what family does it belong? 5. Is the language prefixing or suffixing? Give some examples. 2
Background image of page 2
LING305 Linguistic Research Wardaman Wardaman is a language spoken in the upper, inland Northern Territory of Australia. It is a non-Pama-Nyungan language and belongs to the Gungwinyguan family of Australian languages. Traditionally the language was spoken in an area approximately south to south-west of present day Katherine with its northern most border approximately 40-50 kilometres SW of the town. Today the geographical distribution of Wardaman speakers are found much closer to the town of Katherine outside of the traditional Wardaman lands and is one of the most widely used Aboriginal languages in the region. The majority of Wardaman speakers are found on the outskirts of Katherine in the various camps with a few living in the town area of Katherine proper. There are some Wardaman who still live in the traditional tribal territories; however these are limited to a few who work on the handful of cattle stations in the area. 3
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
LING305 Linguistic Research At the time A Grammar of Wardaman by Francesca Merlan was written in 1994 there was an approximate estimate of 30 people aged 40 or above who regularly spoke Wardaman in some of their social and community interactions with each other. For the most part, these individuals live in or around the town of Katherine with the majority living in the Rockhole or Binjarra camps which are only a few kilometres outside Katherine. However, Wardaman is not the only language spoken by the active Wardaman speakers. They also speak other Aboriginal languages and most commonly north Australian Kriol with each other and other Aboriginal people. In addition to the aforementioned speakers there are approximately some 200 other speakers, mostly those who live with or around the active Wardaman speakers, who understand Wardaman and who consider its use around them as a regular feature in their lives. The majority of these additional ‘speakers’ share close family ties with the core speakers of Wardaman, such 4
Background image of page 4
LING305 Linguistic Research as children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However there
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 6
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 82

Homwork Complete - LING305LinguisticResearch Homework....

This preview shows document pages 1 - 6. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online