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Some Notes on Nhanda, as Spoken by Mrs. Lucy Ryder (1919-2003)

Some Notes on Nhanda, as Spoken by Mrs. Lucy Ryder (1919-2003) Notes Juliette Blevins max planck institute for evolutionary anthropology Nhanda (a.k.a. Nhanta, Nanda) is an Aboriginal language once spoken in coastal regions north and south of the Murchison River in what is now Western Australia (Dixon 1980:xviii, Map 2, 154; Dixon 2002:xxviii, Map 0.1, WGb. Cf. Tindale 1974; Thieberger 1993, section 4.3 map, 4.3.10). Published linguistic descriptions of this language include early nineteenth-century wordlists, a short sketch in O'Grady, Voegelin, and Voegelin (1966), and my own sketch grammar (Blevins 2001a), based primarily on the speech of a single speaker, the late Mrs. Lucy Ryder (1919­2003). More recent publications mentioning linguistic features of Nhanda include Blevins (2001b, 2001c), Dixon (2002), and Laughren (2003). In contrast to Dixon (2002:xxx, xxxviii), who includes Blevins's (2001a) description of Nhanda as a "full or fullish grammar of good or quite good quality," a recent critique by Gerritsen (2004) questions the validity of the description as a whole. Gerritsen's concerns cover a range of issues from proper ²eldwork methodology to accuracy of descriptions and purported contact in³uence from Dutch. The purpose of this note is to clarify points where misinterpretation could arise, and to refer the interested reader to linguistic studies where the issues http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Some Notes on Nhanda, as Spoken by Mrs. Lucy Ryder (1919-2003)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 45 (1) – Feb 8, 2006

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Notes Juliette Blevins max planck institute for evolutionary anthropology Nhanda (a.k.a. Nhanta, Nanda) is an Aboriginal language once spoken in coastal regions north and south of the Murchison River in what is now Western Australia (Dixon 1980:xviii, Map 2, 154; Dixon 2002:xxviii, Map 0.1, WGb. Cf. Tindale 1974; Thieberger 1993, section 4.3 map, 4.3.10). Published linguistic descriptions of this language include early nineteenth-century wordlists, a short sketch in O'Grady, Voegelin, and Voegelin (1966), and my own sketch grammar (Blevins 2001a), based primarily on the speech of a single speaker, the late Mrs. Lucy Ryder (1919­2003). More recent publications mentioning linguistic features of Nhanda include Blevins (2001b, 2001c), Dixon (2002), and Laughren (2003). In contrast to Dixon (2002:xxx, xxxviii), who includes Blevins's (2001a) description of Nhanda as a "full or fullish grammar of good or quite good quality," a recent critique by Gerritsen (2004) questions the validity of the description as a whole. Gerritsen's concerns cover a range of issues from proper ²eldwork methodology to accuracy of descriptions and purported contact in³uence from Dutch. The purpose of this note is to clarify points where misinterpretation could arise, and to refer the interested reader to linguistic studies where the issues

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