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ItemDemorphologization and deepening complexity in Murrinhpatha.Mansfield, J ; Nordlinger, R ; Arkadiev, P ; Gardani, F (Oxford University Press, 2020-09-24)This volume explores the multiple aspects of morphological complexity, offering typological, acquisitional, sociolinguistic, and diachronic perspectives.
ItemNo Preview AvailableMurrinhpatha personhood, other humans, and contemporary youthMansfield, J ; Austin-Broos, DJ ; Merlan, F (University of Hawaii Press, 2018)The traditional Murrinhpatha conception of personhood is similar to what has been observed in other Australian Aboriginal societies, conceiving of the self as a node in a relational network of kinship. But since town settlement, traditional social roles have been radically reconfigured, with a series of economic and ideological factors conspiring to deprecate the role of young men. Murrinhpatha youth respond by embracing a rebellious sub-cultural identity, drawing on mass- media sources to re-imagine themselves as other types of persons. The Murrinhpatha language makes this re-imagining of personhood unusually explicit, since it uses separate grammatical categories to encode socially recognised “persons” versus other animate beings.