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I initially did fieldwork on Wardaman in 1976, from March to November, and for periods in 1978. Fieldwork was conducted mainly in Katherine town around the fringe camps, for though there were still some Wardaman people living at Willeroo in 1976, station management was hostile to my living there or even visiting at the station camp. I worked with some Wardaman people living in what were then called the "New Homes", the first housing within the town itself to be explicitly made available to Aboriginal families (from 1970).

Among derivational morphemes and lexical suffixes, too, the mid-vowels are rare, but there are instances, such as adverbial /beng/, expressing location or place where. The mid-vowels are widely distributed over lexemes, and there is no particular evidence of "defective" distribution with respect to any word class. ,: bone 'across'; ngajamberle, proper name; lowe, toponym; bogo 'lend', jewele 'close, near', wume 'sky', modborrongo, proper name; and inflectional forms of quite a number of verbs.

The mid-vowels do not occur in any of the inflectional morphology, which exhibits a three-vowel system, a, i, and u. ). Among derivational morphemes and lexical suffixes, too, the mid-vowels are rare, but there are instances, such as adverbial /beng/, expressing location or place where. The mid-vowels are widely distributed over lexemes, and there is no particular evidence of "defective" distribution with respect to any word class. ,: bone 'across'; ngajamberle, proper name; lowe, toponym; bogo 'lend', jewele 'close, near', wume 'sky', modborrongo, proper name; and inflectional forms of quite a number of verbs.

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