Jingulu Language

Jingulu 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. Jingulu is an Australian language spoken by the Jingili people in the Northern Territory of Australia, historically around the township of Elliot. It is an endangered language with only between 10 and 15 speakers in 1997, the youngest being in the fifties. An additional number of 20 people had some command of the language. It should however be noted that the language was not used in daily communication which instead was conducted in either English or Kriol. An important feature of Jingulu's phonology is vowel harmony. Jingulu exhibits a regressive vowel harmony, which means that the vowels of nominal or verbal roots may be subject to change triggered by suffixes which contain a close vowel and which are directly adjacent to the root. The vowel harmony affects open vowels in the roots, which become close. Due to Jingulu's small inventory of vowels, it will always be the open vowel /a/ which is subject to change, always becoming /i/.show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 181g
  • Ject Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136775670
  • 9786136775678