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

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Kurdu ka pirlingka nyinami. 32. Nyiya ka ngapangka karrimi? Nantuwu ka ngapangka karrimi. Who is sitting on the rock? The child is sitting on the rock. What is standing in the water? The horse is standing in the water. QU ESTI O N I N G A LOCATION In sentences 32-37 below, to ask 'what . . on' the question word nyiya has the location ending +rla on it and it is placed at the beginning of the question 52 Part Four sentence. Because nyiya has only two vowels in it, we might expect the other location ending +ngka.

For example, parnkami refers to any rapid movement along a path, so that it is used of birds or aeroplanes flying through the air as well as of dogs or people running, vehicles moving along roads or water flowing in a river. Similarly, wangkami can be translated into English as 'talk' or 'speak' or 'say' or 'ask' depending on the context in which it is used. While these English verbs are typically only used of the speech act performed by humans, wangkami can refer to the characteristic sound made by humans, animals and things, for example the noise made by the engine of a motorcar.

What is the woman sitting on/ in? The woman is sitting in the house. What is the child lying on/ in? The child is lying in the coolamon. Leaving out words When we answer questions in English, we often reply with just a word or phrase rather than a whole sentence, because we just need to give the information that is specifically asked for. ' you may simply answer 'A rock' or 'On a rock'. Or you might answer more fully by using a pronoun, either 'he' or 'she' instead of the noun 'child', as in 'He's sitting on a rock'.

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