A Learner's Guide to Warlpiri: Wangkamirlipa Warlpirilki by Laughren, Mary Napaljarri

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Nyiya nyampuju? What is this one? Ngana yalumpuju? Who is that? Nyiya-nyiya ngulaju? What is his/her skin name? (you know the one I mean) The reply can be equally simple: just the repetition of the indicating word followed by the required word or name. � 1 7. Here are some examples of such responses. This is a tree. Nyarnpuju watiya. Yalumpuju Napangardi. That is Napangardi. Ngulaju Nangala She is Nangala. What does that word m ean? To question the meaning of a word, try the following formula: Nyiya watiyaju?

What does that word m ean? To question the meaning of a word, try the following formula: Nyiya watiyaju? Nyiya WORD+jU/ji What does watiya mean? The +ju 28 a or u, while +ji goes +ju/ji is to 'quote' the word in question. ending goes on words that end in that end in i. Part Three The effect of on words � 18. Listen to and repeat the following examples. Nyiya watiyaju? What is 'watiya'? Nyiya kamtaju? What is 'kamta'? Nyiya pirliji? What is 'pirli'? Learn i ng h i nts • Revise the material in this section before going on to the lessons in Part Four.

The child is running. Kamta ka wangkami. Kamta ka wangka. The woman is speaking. Wati ka purlami. Wati ka purla. The man is shouting. Nyarrpa-jarrimi ka kurdu? Nyarrpa-jarri ka kurdu? What's the child doing? Ngana ka ngarlarrimi? Ngana ka ngarlarri? Who is laughing? 40 Part Four Now go back to the beg i n n i n g of lesson one and revise everythi n g up to here. ' are used in two different ways. In the first sentence in each pair, they are used to ask for information. In the second sentence they are used in a reply to the preceding request for information stating that nobody or nothing is doing the action or that nothing is being done .

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