Example 25-8

bla big goana waif
bla
dat/poss
big
big
goana
goanna
waif
wife
the female ('wife') of the big goanna (which has a different name from the male)

Comment:
Variety: Spoken Victoria River, Older Generation. The example illustrates an adpositional possessive expression, the possessor preceding the possessum. A goanna is a large reptile which is hunted and eaten.
Type:
naturalistic spoken
Source:
Fieldwork Schultze-Berndt