Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Syllable onsets

Gurindji-derived words have simple syllable onsets; however, Kriol-derived words have complex onsets of s + obstruent + sonorant/glide/liquid, e.g. spredimat 'spread out', skweya 'square'.

Values

Onsets may be complex

Example 72-130:
Karu im top la im kankula diya-ngka.
Karu
child
im
3sg
top
be
la
on
im
it
kankula
up
diya-ngka.
deer-loc
The child is sitting on top of the deer.

Source: Meakins 2008a: 295

Example 72-86:
An dij karungku i neba luk dat kaya kominap.
An
and
dij
this
karu-ngku
child-erg
i
3sg.sbj
neba
neg
luk
look
det
the
kaya
monster
kom-in-ap.
come-cont-up
And this kid didn't see the monster coming towards them.

Source: Meakins 2007: 415

Example 72-171:
Krtuma parl im putim i kaan spredimat kuyarra.
Kyle-tu-ma
KR-erg-top
parl
pile
im
3sg
put-im
put-tr
parl
too.much
i
3sg.sbj
kaan
neg
spred-im-at
spread-tr-OUT
kuya-rra.
thus-pl
Kyle put them in a pile. He didn't spread out that lot like that.

Source: ACLA database 2003-2006

Confidence:
Very certain