A Grammar of Bardi by Bowern, Claire

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However, the language had probably been in decline for some time. Whatever the exact 6 Introduction numbers of fluent speakers today, almost all the fluent speakers of Bardi are in their 70s or older. Only the oldest Bardi people use the language daily. Many middle-aged people, however, can understand the language and some can speak it a little. 2. g. Paddy and Paddy 1988, Smith 1983, 1984-5, 1987) which provides lexical information and some syntax. Some of the Peile materials are probably representative of this dialect, since they were recorded from speakers living at Lombadina.

I also received assistance from the Endangered Language Fund in 2003 and 2011; the first as part of working with the Laves materials; the second for checking oral historical recordings. Laura Kling’s fieldwork was funded by Yale University’s Junior Research program, specifically the Kingsley Trust Association Summer Travel Fellowship, the Chase Coggins Memorial Fund Scholarship, and the Prusoff Memorial Fellowship (administered by Pierson College). This book was published with the assistance of the Frederick W.

Booroo (patilineal estates) in Bardi country . . . . . 1a Spectrogram of goorrbal /kurpal/ ‘throat’ showing an initial voiceless stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Spectrogram of daaga /ta:ga/ ‘sleep’ showing an intervocalic voiced stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Spectrogram of barndarrang /païtaraN/ ‘club’ showing a postnasal stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Spectrogram of a final devoiced trill in ganbirr /kanbir/ ‘wound (n)’ . . . .

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