Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Interrogative pronouns

In Gurindji Kriol, all interrogative pronouns are derived from Kriol. These Kriol interrogative pronouns are not synchronically segmentable words, however many are derived from two English words, e.g. wijei ('where' < which way), wijan ('who' < which one). Others are single words such as weya 'where', wen 'when'.

One example of a synchronically segmentable compound expression can be found, wattaim. This is considered to be synchroncially segmentable because other taim expressions exists.

Values

Three compound expressions

Example 72-31:
Weyangka irra baitim nyuntu?
Weya-ngka
where-loc
i-rra
3sg-pot
bait-im
bite-tr
nyuntu?
2sg
Where's it going to bite you?

Source: Meakins 2007: 366

Example 72-30:
An wijantu makin nyilangka? Ngayungku!
An
and
wijan-tu
who-erg
makin
sleep
nyila-ngka?
that-loc
Ngayu-ngku!
me-erg
And who sleeps there? Me!

Source: Meakins 2007: 307

Example 72-32:
Wattaim nyanuny Dedi kom-in?
Wattaim
when
nyanuny
3sg.dat
Dedi
father
kom-in?
come-cont
When is his father coming?

Source: ACLA database 2003-2006

Example 72-33:
Hau i bin lungkarra na?
Hau
how
i
3sg
bin
pst
lungkarra
cry
na?
seq
How did he cry then?

Source: ACLA database 2003-2006

Confidence:
Intermediate