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4) the adjective wangku ‘none’ may occur with mara kinprop meaning ‘having none’. I have not encountered *panimara in Diyari. 3 Location nominals. 4). On semantic grounds location nominals can be divided into those with temporal reference and those with spatial reference. 4. The spatial location nominals consist of the directional terms (note that yara and yarra are only used with verbs of motion or induced motion): thinankara ‘north’ 54 Chapter 3 Morphology kunankari ‘south’ yantakara ‘west’ thirriwa ‘east’ yara ‘this way (direction towards speaker)’ yarra ‘that way (direction away from speaker)’ and the roots nhaka ‘there’ and nhingki ‘here’.

The realizations are: -nha added to male personal names the unmarked stem form is used for singular common nouns and location nominals [4] ergative — codes transitive subject (A) and instrumental functions for all types of nominals. 2. ) -yali added to singular common nouns of two, four or five syllables whose final Chapter 3 Morphology 57 vowel is /u/ or /i/; also, optionally after trisyllables ending in /i/ (see above). 3): gloss stem ergative ‘woman’s name’ tyirimiri tyirimirindru ‘man’s name’ wangamiri wangamirili ‘youth-dl’ thariwulu thariwulali ‘youth-pl’ thariwara thariwarali ‘man’ karna karnali ‘bandicoot’ kapitha kapithali ‘ochre type’ pukarta pukartali ‘mother’s mother’ kanhini kanhinali or kanhiniyali ‘youth’ thari thariyali ‘boy’ kanku kankuyali ‘emu’ warrukathi warrukathiyali ‘left hand’ warrangantyu warrangantyuyali ‘fear-excess-prop’ yapakantyinthu yapakantyinthuyali There are no common noun roots of more than four syllables in the corpus.

G. waru ‘long ago’, thangkuparna ‘tomorrow’) and spatials. 3). 1 illustrates the sub-divisions of the nominal word class in Diyari. 2 Pronouns. These are a closed class of words which inflect for case and are specified by person and number. 2). 1). 3 Verbs. 9). In main clauses these inflections mark tense or mood. 2). 10). 10). 7). 2). 6). 2). 4 Predicate determiners. 1). 2). 5 Particles and co-ordinators. These two closed word classes may be defined negatively as those items which take none of the derivational or inflectional morphology described above.

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