Iwaidja Language

Iwaidja Language

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Iwaidja, in phonemic spelling Iwaja, is an Australian language with about 150 speakers in northernmost Australia. Historically from the base of the Cobourg Peninsula, it is now spoken on Croker Island. It is still being learned by children. Both the words arm and to be sick originally started with an /m/, as shown in related languages such as Maung. The pronominal prefix for it, its altered the first consonant of the root. In Iwaidja, this form extended to the masculine and feminine, so that gender distinctions were lost, and the prefix disappeared, leaving only the consonant mutation - a situation perhaps unique in Australia, but not unlike that of the Celtic languages.show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 113g
  • DIC Press
  • Saarbrucken, Germany
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136770768
  • 9786136770765