Nominal Classification in Aboriginal Australia

| University of Newcastle
| University of New England
ISBN 9789027230409 (Eur) | EUR 115.00
ISBN 9781556198489 (USA) | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027281937 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
This volume aims to extend both the range of analyses and the database on nominal classification systems. Previous analyses of nominal classification systems have focussed on two areas: the semantics of the classification system and the role of the system in discourse. In many nominal classification systems, there appear to be a significant percentage of nominals with an arbitrary classification. There is a considerable body of literature aimed at elucidating the semantic bases of clasification in such systems, thereby reducing the degree of apparent arbitrariness. Contributors to this volume continue this line of enquiry, but also propose that arbitrariness in itself has a role from a wider socio-cultural perspective. Previous analyses of the discourse role of classification systems posit that they play a significant role in referential tracking. For the languages surveyed in this volume, contributors propose that reference instantiation is an equally significant function, and indeed that reference instantiation and tracking cannot be properly divided from one another. This volume provides detailed information on classification in a number of northern Australian languages, whose systems are otherwise poorly known.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 37]  1997.  x, 296 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Mark Harvey and Nicholas Reid
Map 1: Principal Languages
Map 2: Other Australian Languages
Map 3: Mayali and Its Dialects
Mark Harvey and Nicholas Reid
Nominal Classification and Gender in Aboriginal Australia
Mark Harvey
New Guinea ‘Classificatory Verbs’ and Australian Noun Classification: A Typological Comparison
Francesca Merlan, Steven Powell Roberts and Alan Rumsey
Head Classes and Agreement Classes in the Mayali Dialect Chain
Nicholas Evans
Head and Agreement Classes: An Areal Perspective
Mark Harvey
Class and Classifier in Ngan'gityemerri
Nicholas Reid
Nominal Classification in Marrithiyel
Ian Green
Noun Classes, Nominal Classification and Generics in Murrinhpatha
Michael Walsh
Index of Languages
Index of Subjects
List of Contributors
“This book is a most welcome contribution to our knowledge of what noun classification is like in highly polysynthetic prefixing Australian languages; it introduces important theoretical points and is a 'must-have' for every serious linguist and linguistic anthropologist — it is full of important generalizations and insights, together with startlingly complicated language data.”
“This is a most useful collection of papers, adding to our knowledge of the organization and development (and loss) of noun class systems in Australia, and making a significant contribution to the general typological theory of noun classes.”
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