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Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders: Studies in Dyirbal, Yidiñ, and Warrgamay

R. M. W Dixon


This book studies the languages of Yidiñ, Warrgamay and Dyribal and the interrelations between them. The introductory chapter sets out the anthropological and linguistic background. In Part I there is a through examination of, and comparison between, the gender system in Dyirbal and the set of nominal classifiers in Yidiñ. The chapters in Part II describe Dyirbal’s unusual kinship system and the ‘mother-in-law’ language style, and examines the origins of ‘mother-in-law’ vocabulary in Dyirbal and in Yidiñ. There are four grammatical studies in Part III, dealing with syntactic orientation, seria ... More

Keywords: genders, classifiers, kinship system, mother-in-law style, ergativity, serial verbs, complementation strategies, language contact, language death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. M. W Dixon, author
Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University