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dc.contributor.authorHoneyman, Tom
dc.date.accessioned2005-10-21
dc.date.available2005-10-21
dc.date.issued2005-10-21
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/139
dc.descriptionThis is an Honours thesis based on field data and grammatical analysis collected by Lee Cataldi with help from Tjama Napanangka. The supervisors were William Foley and Jane Simpson.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the discourse pragmatics of the non- configurational (free word order) Australian language Ngardi. Ngardi is a Ngumbin language spoken by a small number of people east of the Kimberleys. I examine Topic and Focus in equational sentences and question forms gathered from transcripts of card games played by Ngardi speakers. I examine this data from the Information Structure perspective as defined by Lambrecht (1994) and include some discussion of Choi's (2001) NEW and PROM binary features. I conclude that a range of constituents to the left of the obligatory pronominal clitics are conditioned by discourse pragmatic factors.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe field data for this thesis was collected by Lee Cataldi, funded by ARC Grant No. A10009036, Chief Investigators Christopher Manning and Jane Simpson.en
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dc.subjectAustralian languagesen
dc.subjectNgardien
dc.subjectsyntaxen
dc.subjectinformation structureen
dc.subjectdiscourse structureen
dc.subjectpragmaticsen
dc.titleTopic and focus in Ngardien
dc.typeThesisen


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