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By R. M. W. Dixon

ISBN-10: 0521214629

ISBN-13: 9780521214629

Professor Dixon's publication The Dyirbal Language of North Queensland (CUP 1972) is recognize to be a vintage research. His learn of Yidin is without delay related in significance. Yidin, that's additionally a demise language, is Dyirbal's northerly neighbour. but the 2 languages have notable and basic transformations in every one quarter of grammar (while nonetheless either belonging to the Australian language family). within the phonology, there's a choice for every note to encompass a fair variety of syllables, with the intention to fulfill the strain objectives of Yidin. Syntactically, the language is of a 'mixed ergative' sort that can't simply be accommodated when it comes to average syntactic concept. those and several particular beneficial properties of Yidin have a vital pertaining to a number of theoretical enquiries into linguistic universals.

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2); but at certain times, when a staple fruit was ready, the whole tribe would be likely to gather in one place. The advantage of a vegetationally-heterogeneous tribal territory was that in every season there was some food available in some part; coincidentally, it seems that fruit would ripen in a particular region at the time when it was climatically most pleasant to live there. Thus the coastal local groups would be likely to ascend to the tablelands - to eat yellow walnut {gaygi) and loya-cane (mudi and yabulam) - in the wet season, when the coastal flats were particularly hot, humid and insect-ridden.

The last group of Yidiji4i who still lived something approaching a traditional life, and spoke their own language amongst themselves (while, at the same time, working as labourers for white settlers) lived at Goldsborough, in the foothills, until about 1934. 8 Sources for this study There are many more members of the Yidiji4i and Gur)gaji4i tribes living at Yarrabah than outside it. But, of the dozen or so speakers or partial speakers of Yidiji the writer worked with during the last twelve years, all but two were living freely in Edmonton, Gordonvale, Aloomba, Kairi, Atherton or other towns.

Tilly Fuller died in October 1974, aged around 75. 6) since there is no one living who can match Tilly Fuller's knowledge of the tablelands dialect. The only other informant who could give any words in the Dyalnuy style was Pompey Langdon (rfaluiu), a speaker of tablelands Yidiji who lived at Blackfellow Creek, near Edmonton (and moved to Yarrabah in 1975). An initiated full-blood, Pompey Langdon is now aged over 80 and is not as mentally alert as Tilly Fuller or Dick Moses; he could not give texts but it was possible to check some lexical and simple grammatical points with him.

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