Ngarluma as a W* language

27 January 2009

An account of the morpho-syntax of Ngarluma, an Australian language spoken in the Pilbara, is given based on Kenneth Hale's fieldnotes together with Carl von Brandenstein's published texts. The analysis uses the W* framework proposed by Kenneth Hale, to describe the free word order, discontinuous phrases, valence-changing suffixes, case system and use of case to indicate identity of controllers.