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date: 20 October 2019

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This chapter discusses nominals and verbs in Walpiri. The structure of Warlpiri words is integrally bound with the word-classes of Warlpiri; the morphological fact that the language is generally suffixing; the morphosyntactic fact that the language is underlyingly right-headed; and the semantic preference for entities to precede attributes, but not determiners, in noun phrases. In Warlpiri there are two main open classes of words: nominals and preverbs. Verb roots are a closed class of less than 150, which may be monosyllabic. Nominals include words that denote entities, words which denote properties, and words that may denote either.

Keywords: Warlpiri, nominals, verbs, compounds, compounding

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