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Grammar of the Narrinyeri Tribe of Australian Aborigines

Classic Reprint

By George Taplin

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Format: Paperback, 30 pages
Published In: United States, 27 September 2015
Excerpt from Grammar of the Narrinyeri Tribe of Australian Aborigines This language is spoken by the tribe of aborigines in South Australia inhabiting the country on the shores of Encounter Bay and the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and twenty miles up the River Murray. There are some trifling variations of dialect between the clans that compose the tribe, but I do not perceive such a difference as would be an impediment to a stranger learning the language. My object in committing to writing the information which I have gathered respecting the grammar of this tongue has been to present it in such a form as to enable students of Comparative Philology to use it for the purpose of rendering a modicum of help towards arriving at correct conclusions respecting the Philosophy of Language. The comparison of the grammatical structure of different languages is of the greatest importance, and the surest guide to the real relationships of language and nations. In saying this, I am almost quoting the remarks of that lamented and eminent laborer in this department of Anthropological science, the late Dr. Bleek, of Cape Town. Any one who has ever undertaken to gather up the grammar of an unwritten and barbarous language, will appreciate the difficulties which have to be encountered. Inquiries are useless when addressed to minds upon whom the idea of grammar never dawned. Expressions are heard having a certain force, and it is only after years of careful observation that those expressions can be analyzed, and their true character discerned; and this difficulty is increased when, as in the language of the Narrinyeri, ellipsis and abbreviations abound. The Rev. H. A. E. Meyer, a Lutheran Missionary, made a brave attempt to master the grammar of this language in 1843, and with some success; but yet his attempt presents a great number of ludicrous mistakes to one better acquainted with it. I found I had to rely on my own observations if I was to gain any correct knowledge of the language. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
EAN: 9781330447574
ISBN: 1330447573
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 0.15 centimetres (0.08 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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