Complex Sentence Constructions in Australian Languages by Peter Austin

By Peter Austin

Over the last fifteen years, descriptions of Australian Aboriginal languages have supplied vital information for the typological learn of morpho-syntactic phenomena. the current quantity offers descriptions of advanced sentence phenomena in ten Australian languages and offers very important new fabric during this sector of present quandary in linguistics. advanced sentences are defined both from a syntactic or from a semantic (discourse-functional) viewpoint. The papers draw on information from extensively dispensed and, in a few circumstances, formerly undescribed languages. between others descriptions of the (so-far) poorly recognized non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia, in addition to Pama-Nyungan languages crucial and northern Australia are incorporated during this quantity.

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1975. Presuppositions and non-truth-conditional semantics. London: Academic Press. MOOD A N D SUBORDINATION IN KUNIYANTI WILLIAM . MCGREGOR School of Australian Linguistics, Batchelor, Northern Territory 1. , is that it is impossible to identify and distinguish types on purely formal criteria. There are neither morphological markers signalling the interclausal relationships, nor structural differences between constituent clauses of a complex sentence and independent clauses. It will be shown that some types are identifiable, and have linguistic validity as covert, rather than overt categories.

Bloomington: Indiana University Linguistics Club. Wilson, D. 1975. Presuppositions and non-truth-conditional semantics. London: Academic Press. MOOD A N D SUBORDINATION IN KUNIYANTI WILLIAM . MCGREGOR School of Australian Linguistics, Batchelor, Northern Territory 1. , is that it is impossible to identify and distinguish types on purely formal criteria. There are neither morphological markers signalling the interclausal relationships, nor structural differences between constituent clauses of a complex sentence and independent clauses.

In other words, in each case the 'subject matter' complement is merely back­ ground specification or definition (for clarification) rather than new informa­ tion or assertion and so on. Thus, sentence (11) occurred in a conversation in which the addressee (myself in this case) had already reported, among other things, the illness of Namorarra. The reply, (11), indicates that this particular proposition from the previous conversation was already known to the speaker. Similarly, in (10) the speaker requests the narration of a story, knowing that the hearer (his mother) knows it better than himself, and simply defining which one it is that he wants.

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