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Australian Languages
Their Nature and Development

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511037832

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  • Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 40,000 years, speaking about 250 languages. Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Professor Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this long-established linguistic area. The areal distribution of most features is illustrated with more than 30 maps, showing that the languages tend to move in cyclic fashion with respect to many of the parameters. There is also an index of languages and language groups. Professor Dixon, a pioneering scholar in the field, brings an interesting perspective to this diverse and complex material.

    • A comprehensive study of the indigenous languages of Australia
    • Study of a large-scale and long-established 'linguistic area' by a pioneering scholar in the field
    • Illustrated with over 30 maps and includes an index of languages and language groups
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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511037832
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 33 maps 38 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of abbreviations and conventions
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Conventions followed
    List of languages and language groups
    1. The language situation in Australia
    2. Modelling the language situation
    3. Overview
    4. Vocabulary
    5. Case and other nominal suffixes
    6. Verbs
    7. Pronouns
    8. Bound pronouns
    9. Prefixing and fusion
    10. Generic nouns, classifiers, genders and noun classes
    11. Ergative/accusative morphological and syntactic profiles
    12. Phonology
    13. Genetic subgroups and small linguistic areas
    14. Summary and conclusion
    References
    Index of languages, dialects and language groups
    Subject index.

  • Author

    R. M. W. Dixon, La Trobe University, Victoria
    R. M. W. Dixon is Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University, Victoria.

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