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By Tasaku Tsunoda

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

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1-[12] for -no. ) The name Bayombirri contains the (non-productive) suffix -rri, and the name Wagaygorro contains the (non-productive) suffix -gorro. The suffixes -rri and -gorro are not attested elsewhere in Warrongo. 7 regarding -rri. 3). 2. There is a cattle station called 'Wombinoo Station' in Warrongo territory (Map 3). No doubt it was named after Wambino. x -no. 1-[12]. According to Atkinson (1979: 36), Wambino had a brother whose name is 'Warkagaroo'. Possibly this is the name Wagaygorro ([wakaigoro]).

According to Dixon ([1983] 1989a: 78), Kirrama Station is in the Girramay country. ), an archaeologist, stated that Kirrama Station is on the border among Jirrba1, Girramay and Warrongo. This view is shared by Rachel Cummins, Alf Palmer's daughter's daughter (e-mail message of 25 July 2006). ) South of Girramay and east of Warrongo is Warrgamay. According to Dixon (1981: 0, 2), its territory extends from just west of Ingham up along the Herbert River, past Abergowrie, and beyond Niagara Vale and Yamanie Creek, and it includes Wallman Falls and Peacock Siding.

The remarks cited above suggest that W-GB-G were collectively referred to by one single label- Gurijal or something similar. 4. Problems with the proposed classifications As noted above, Wurm and Hattori (1981), Dixon (2002), and also virtually all other classifications assign W-GB-G to the Mari subgroup. However, this classification is not free from problems. The problems are discussed in Tsunoda (1984), and the main points are summarized below. We shall look at the following groups of languages.

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