By Tasaku Tsunoda

Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was spoken in northeast Australia. This quantity is essentially in response to the wealthy facts recorded from the final fluent speaker. It information the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. specifically, it presents a very scrutinizing description of syntactic ergativity - a phenomenon that's infrequent one of the world's language. It additionally indicates that, not like another Australian languages, Warrongo has noun words which are configurational. total this quantity exhibits what might be documented of a language that has just one speaker.

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2. 2. 3-[7]), in the story about Innot Hot Springs, a snake (not an eel) swallowed up humans. Going further south, there is a Gujal story that concerns the formation of the Great Basalt Wall, west of Charters Towers; it was cited above. Thus far, we have looked at stories that in the main describe the formation of geological features. In addition, the mythology explains the origin of fire, of water, etc. Thus, a story about bangga"a 'blue tongue lizard' concerns the origin of water. The version narrated by Alf Palmer tells how Blue Tongue Lizard used to hide water at Cameron Creek (almost certainly in Warrongo territory; see Map 3), but two mice rolled Banggarra over, so that the water flowed again.

8), and Djaru of Western Australia has C-jaroN-yaro (Tsunoda 198la: 227). ] carpet snakes'. The occurrence of the word gabul 'carpet snake' in these southern languages suggests that there may be versions of the story in which Carpet Snake traveled farther south than the Burdekin Falls. g. lava, basalt, volcanic craters, and hot springs. 3-[2]) narrated a story (in 1974, in English) that describes the origin of the Herberton Crater (Map 2), roughly as follows. Once upon a time there lived a greedy snake.

Garnet. Alf Palmer (cf. 1) referred to Warrongo people as Warrongo and also as Gonarribarra 'basalt person(s)' (gonarri 'basalt'). g. a Warrongo person, a GuguBadhun person; and (ii) barribiriba"a 'person of/from Valley of Lagoons'. There was volcanic activity in the region, which produced much lava and basalt (cf. 1). 3. Dialects Warrongo probably had dialects. However, they were impossible to investigate already in the early 1970s, when I conducted fieldwork on the language. There appear to have been at least two dialects.

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