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You, say it! Wangkaya-pala! Say it (you two) ! Wangkayalu! Say it (you lot - more than two)! (-wangu (nyuntu = not, without) = you) (-pala indicates two speakers) (+lu indi­ cates more than two) Nyangkajulu Look at me (all of you) +ju = me +lu Purda-nyangkajulu (nyangka = look at; = you) Listen to me (all of you) (purda-nyangka = listen) The basics for learning Warlpiri 25 Simple verbless sentences In English, complete sentences must contain at least one verb even if, like 'is', the verb doesn't contribute much meaning, as in This is Dianna, Connie is big, or John is a teacher.

Listen to these W arlpiri question and answer sentences spoken on the tape and try to say them yourself: 13. Kurdunya ka pamkami? Yuwayi, kurdu ka pamkami. Is the child running? Yes, the child is running. 14. Kamtanya ka wangkami? Yuwayi, kamta ka wangkami. Is the woman speaking? Yes, the woman is speaking. 15. Watinya ka purlami? Yuwayi, wati ka purlami. Is the man shouting? Yes, the man is shouting. 16. Kurdunya ka pamkami? Lawa, kulaka kurdu parnkami. Is the child running? No, the child is not running.

The fire is burning in the hole. WORD ORDER From listening to the different ways in which words can be ordered in sen­ tences 22-27 below you will see just how variable word order is in Warlpiri. Note, however, that the auxiliary word ka always follows the first word of the sentence, while the negative auxiliary kulaka can only be the first or sec­ ond word of the sentence. These auxiliary words are very important ele­ ments in a Warlpiri sentence and you will be learning a lot more about them as you proceed through these lessons.

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