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The Western Desert Code: An Australian Cryptogrammar (Pacific Linguistics, 513)

Rose, David

Published by Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, 2001
ISBN 10: 0858834375 / ISBN 13: 9780858834378
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Title: The Western Desert Code: An Australian ...

Publisher: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Good


428 pp., illustrations, bibliography. ex-library, clear lamination applied to cover, labels on spine, clear tape reinforcement between inside covers & 1st & last pages, text unmarked, good binding. This volume is a description of the language of Australia’s Western Desert peoples, from the perspective of Western Desert culture, focusing on what M.A.K. Halliday has characterised as ‘ways of meaning’ in the culture. As a doctoral dissertation The Western Desert Code received exceptional praise from its examiners, C.M.I.M. Matthiessen (Macquarie University) called it ‘an outstanding contribution to semiotic and linguistic scholarship in general and to the description and understanding of Australian Aboriginal languages in particular the first contribution ever to give a comprehensive account of the semiotic complex of an Australian Aboriginal language-culture, using the resources of a powerful theory to map out this complex along a number of dimensions a monumental, brilliant achievement in absolute terms. Rose thus clearly belongs to the class of once-in-a-blue-moon scholars that Whorf belonged to’. K. Davidse (University of Leeuven) writes: ‘ a tremendously inventive effort of interpretation . I know of no other work which has so consistently related to the relation between code, register, semantics, lexicogrammar and phonology as this Ph.D. thesis’. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 0858834375AMA072112

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