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12 1 The language and its speakers gloss Yukulta & pT Kayardild Yangkaal Lardil 'ear' 'red' 'kookaburra' 'blowfly' marralda kandukandu thalkurrka ngirrnguda marrald(a) kandukandu thalkurrk(a) ngirrngud(a) marrakKa) kandukandu merral kandukan thalkurr nginngi(rr) ngirrngud(a) The combined lexicostatistical and phonological data thus suggest the following subgrouping: proto-Tangkic Nguburindi Yukulta Yangkaal Kayardild Lardil On the typological plane, substantial drift in the grammars of all the insular Tangkic languages (Yangkaal, Kayardild and Lardil) somewhat obscures this picture.

1-19) [Dan-kurrka here-LOC:COBL ri-in-kurrka east-FROM-LOC:COBL thardawankawuru-ntha aeroplane-COBL burri-jurrk! ' The exact interpretation of these clauses depends on a mixture of convention and inference—essentially, one uses context to narrow down the set of possible ellipsed main clauses that are compatible with the form of the subordinate clause, but there are additional conventional elements. ' and so on. 4. Corresponding to the "odd pivot" use, they may be used in a range of sentences which have a marked relationship between their grammatical structure and their discourse-functional structure: an initial and oversimplistic characterization is that they stray from the unmarked type in which the subject is the topic.

As such, the phenomenon of verbal case, with the mismatches it creates between morphological and syntactic categories, is an important one for theories of the relation between morphology and syntax. 2 I propose to treat words inflected for verbal case as syntactically nominal but morphologically verbal. 1 Kayardild and its neighbours Language names Previous investigators have written the tribe and language name as Kaiadilt (Tindale 1962a et seq), Gayardilt (O'Grady - Voegelin Voegelin 1966), Gayardild (Wurm 1972) and even Guyadilt (Uniting Church mission cassette).

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