- Adnyamathanha language
Adnyamathana Spoken in South Australia Native speakers 20 (1990) Language family Language codes ISO 639-3 adt This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters.
The name of the witchetty grub comes from Adnyamathanha.
This language has been known by many names and variants of names, including:
- Adnyamathanha, Adynyamathanha, Adjnjamathanha, Atʸnʸamat̪an̪a, Adnjamathanha, Adnyamathana, Anyamathana, Ad'n'amadana, Anjimatana, Anjiwatana, Unyamootha
- Wailpi, Wailbi, Waljbi, Wipie, the name of a dialect
- Gadjnjamada, Kanjimata, Keydnjmarda
Front Back High i iː u uː Low a aː
Peripheral Laminal Apical Labial Velar Palatal Dental Alveolar Retroflex Glottal Stop Voiceless p k c t̪ t ʈ (ʔ) Voiced (ɖ) Fricative Voiced (v) Nasal m ŋ ɲ n̪ n ɳ Lateral ʎ l̪ l ɭ Flap ɾ ɽ Trill r Approximant w j ɻ
[v] may be an allophone of /p/.
While the closely related Guyani retains word-initial stops, Adnyamathanha has undergone systematic lenition of stops in this position. Former *p has become [v], former *t̪ and probably also *c have become /j/, and former *k has disappeared entirely.
Adnyamathanha has a complex system of personal pronouns. There are 10 different ways of saying ‘you and me’ (first person dual), depending on the relationship between the speaker and the person addressed.
- Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-47378-0, ISBN 978-0-521-47378-1. http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521473780.
- Schebeck, B. (1974). Texts on the social system of the Atʸnʸamat̪an̪a people, with grammatical notes. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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