Talk:Warlpiri language

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I'm working on getting a table of consonants and vowels in place. Work in progress; have patience, or jump in and help.

ACW 21:06, 20 May 2005 (UTC)


OK, I added enough phonology to go on with for now. The main things missing are the historical phonology of rd and vowel harmony ... the latter is more interesting and important.

There's enough text here now that I removed the stub designation. I'd appreciate anybody else's comments or contributions. I'd especially like some copyright-untrammeled sample sentences. I don't want to steal from Swartz's dictionary or Nash's thesis; I suppose I could try to dig up my copy of Hale's early field notes. But if anybody has something handy, that would be great!

Important things left to do: some syntax (mention non-configurationality, ergative-absolutive case marking); vowel harmony; how the auxiliary word works; sample text and gloss.

ACW 22:03, 21 May 2005 (UTC)

why not use example sentences from these works? you cant, after all, copyright a language. at any rate, it would be good to cite your references in the article. peace. — ishwar  (SPEAK) 10:40, 2005 Jun 8 (UTC)


I was just reading about an Aboriginal Australian language called Walbiri in a linguistics text book. Is this the same language with two different spellings? If so, we should have a redirection.

White Lightning 02:34, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

That must be a fairly old book--what is it? Yes, 'Walbiri' is a spelling that has been used for 'Warlpiri', the latter being how it's spelled in the orthography in use by the speakers (and a more accurate phonemic representation than 'Walbiri'). I'm not sure about the value of a redirection but I think it would be good to include in the article a list of alternative spellings that have been used. Dougg 03:19, 9 May 2006 (UTC)
There is a list of alternate spellings at the end of the lede for Warlpiri. ACW 13:58, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Dougg, it's the 2005 edition of a Intro to Ling book that seems to be rather popular.

White Lightning 20:09, 20 May 2006 (UTC)