Dyirbal and Yidiny (was RE: "Usefull languages")
|From:||The Gray Wizard <dbell@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 14, 2002, 12:26|
> From: Herman Miller
> Dyirbal or Yidiny, if I can ever find either of those books. These are
> Australian languages that were documented by R. M. W. Dixon, and quite
> different from typical European languages in all respects.
These are indeed difficult to find. I am lucky enough to have both,
although I searched for the Yidiny grammar for over six months before
discovering a copy in an obscure bookshop in Australia. Both cane be found
through "Out-of-Print" book finders on the net. It just takes some
The Dyirbal Grammar ("The Dyirbal Language of North Queensland" - R.M.W.
Dixon) had a significant influence on the development of my conlang amman
iar, but the Yidiny text ("A Grammar of Yidiny" - R.M.W. Dixon ) is better
organized. If you can find the latter, I recommend it as an excellent
introduction to ergativity and Australian languages in general.
David E. Bell
The Gray Wizard
Wisdom begins in wonder.