Books

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Green, Jennifer. 2018. Alyawarr to English Dictionary. IAD Press

2018

Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork
Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork

Meakins, Felicity; Jennifer Green and Myfany Turpin. 2018. Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork. Routledge - Taylor and Francis

Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork offers a diverse and practical introduction to research methods used in field linguistics. Designed to teach students how to collect quality linguistic data in an ethical and responsible manner, the key features include:

  • A focus on fieldwork in countries and continents that have undergone colonial expansion, including Australia, the United States of America, Canada, South America and Africa
  • A description of specialist methods used to conduct research on phonological, grammatical and lexical description, but also including methods for research on gesture and sign, language acquisition, language contact and the verbal arts
  • Examples of resources that have resulted from collaborations with language communities and which both advance linguistic understanding and support language revitalisation work
  • Annotated guidance on sources for further reading

This book is essential reading for students studying modules relating to linguistic fieldwork or those looking to embark upon field research.

2017

Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription
Australian English
Pronunciation and Transcription

Cox, Felicity and Janet Fletcher. 2017. Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription (2nd edition). Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription is the first textbook to clearly describe Australian English speech patterns. Now in its second edition, this ground-breaking work addresses speech production characteristics and provides detailed instruction in both phonetic and phonemic transcription of the dialect. Each chapter features practical exercises to allow readers to develop skills and test their knowledge as they progress through the text. These exercises are complemented by an extensive companion website, which contains valuable explanatory materials, audio examples and accompanying activities for students. A new assessment bank includes exercises of varying difficulty, allowing lecturers to build unique assessment tasks tailored to their students' needs. Drawing on their extensive experience as teachers and researchers in phonetics and phonology, Felicity Cox and new author Janet Fletcher have crafted a comprehensive resource that remains essential reading for students, teachers and practitioners of linguistics, speech pathology and language education.

2016

The Dynamics of Nominal Classification
The Dynamics of Nominal Classification

Singer, Ruth. 2016. The Dynamics of Nominal Classification: Productive and Lexicalised Uses of Gender Agreement in Mawng. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton

The use of grammatical gender in the Australian language Mawng calls into question prevailing ideas about the functions of nominal classification systems. Mawng’s gender system has a strong semantic basis and plays an important role in the construction of meaning in discourse. Gender agreement in verbs is frequently lexicalized, creating idioms called lexicalised agreement verbs that are structurally similar to noun-verb idioms. This book will be of interest to anyone interested in nominal classification or cross-linguistic approaches to idioms.

2015

Research, Records and Responsibility: Ten Years of PARADISEC
Research, Records and Responsibility

Harris, Amanda, Nick Thieberger and Linda Barwick (eds.), 2015. Research, Records and Responsibility: Ten Years of PARADISEC. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) has been on the cutting edge of digital archiving, building a significant historical collection and community of practice engaged in the preservation and accessibility of research materials.

Research, Records and Responsibility explores developments in collaborative archiving practice between archives and the communities they serve and represent, incorporating case studies of historical recordings, visual data and material culture. It brings together the work of Australian and international scholars commemorating ten years of PARADISEC, and reflects on the development of research and language archiving.

2014

Drawn from the ground: sound, sign and inscription in Central Australian sand stories
Drawn from the ground

Green, Jennifer, 2014. Drawn from the ground: sound, sign and inscription in Central Australian sand stories. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sand stories from Central Australia are a traditional form of Aboriginal women's verbal art that incorporates speech, song, sign, gesture and drawing. Small leaves and other objects may be used to represent story characters. This detailed study of Arandic sand stories takes a multimodal approach to the analysis of the stories and shows how the expressive elements used in the stories are orchestrated together. This richly illustrated volume is essential reading for anyone interested in language and communication. It adds to the growing recognition that language encompasses much more than speech alone, and shows how important it is to consider the different semiotic resources a culture brings to its communicative tasks as an integrated whole rather than in isolation.

Grammar of Bilinarra
A Grammar of Bilinarra

Nordlinger, Rachel and Felicity Meakins, 2014. A Grammar of Bilinarra: An Australian Aboriginal language of the Northern Territory. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

This volume provides the first comprehensive description of Bilinarra, a Pama-Nyungan language of the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory (Australia). Bilinarra is a highly endangered language with only one speaker remaining in 2012 and no child learners. The materials on which this grammatical description is based were collected by the authors over a 20 year period from the last first-language speakers of the language, most of whom have since passed away. Bilinarra is a member of the Ngumpin subgroup of Pama-Nyungan which forms a part of the Ngumpin-Yapa family, which also includes Warlpiri. It is non-configurational, with nominals commonly omitted, arguments cross-referenced by pronominal clitics and word order grammatically free and largely determined by information structure. In this grammatical description much attention is paid to its morphosyntax, including case morphology, the pronominal clitic system and complex predicates. A particular strength of the volume is the provision of sound files for example sentences, allowing the reader access to the language itself.