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I am very grateful to have had the chance to talk about many puzzling aspects of Bardi grammar with her. I have discussed numerous aspects of this grammar with various people at various times over the last ten years. ) Metcalfe, David Nash, Conor Quinn, and Jane Simpson. Laura Kling has also been a big help in digitizing and processing Bardi materials; she also proof-read the manuscript. In 2011 I co-taught a class on Australian languages with Erich Round, which refined my thinking of numerous aspects of Bardi; I thank Erich and the students in that class for many interesting discussions.

In this section I describe the corpus on which this description is based and point out some areas where the corpus composition has affected the description. I also outline some methodological and theoretical points of relevance to the grammar. I view language as a systematic and arbitrary system which may be described internally and independently of the circumstances of its speakers.

2 Nyulnyulan family tree, after McGregor and Stokes (1989) . Number of Bardi speakers . . . . . . . . . . 4 Dugong parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearlshell and baali . . . . . . . . . . . . Booroo (patilineal estates) in Bardi country . . . . . 1a Spectrogram of goorrbal /kurpal/ ‘throat’ showing an initial voiceless stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Spectrogram of daaga /ta:ga/ ‘sleep’ showing an intervocalic voiced stop . . . . . . . .

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