Bininj Gun-wok

Bininj Gun-wok is a language of the Gunwinyguan family spoken in central Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is described in-depth in Evans' (2003) grammar. In Evans, Brown and Corbett (2002) the name used for the language is Mayali, which is also contained in the name of one of the varieties of the language, Manyallaluk Mayali. Instead of Mayali, the name Bininj gun-wok is now used as the superordinate term to cover the different varieties of the language. Where possible the lexicon in the analysis presented here uses nouns from the Kunwinjku dialect, because this variety preserves the four-gender system.

The files here are associated with the treatment of gender and morphological class assignment in Chapter 2 § (pages 90-97).

Brown, Dunstan and Andrew Hippisley. 2012. Network Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Evans, Nicholas (2003). Bininj Gun-wok: a pan-dialectal grammar of Mayali, Kunwinjku and Kune. (2 volumes). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Evans, Nicholas, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett. 2002. The semantics of gender in Mayali: partially parallel systems and formal implementation. Language 78, 111-155.


The theory accounts for gender and morphological class assignment in Bininj gun-wok. It illustrates the role of the exceptional case and normal case default. There is an associated lexicon for the ordinary language, together with smaller one for Kunkurrng (the avoidance register).

Note: the pdf files are there to show how the files should display correctly.

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