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Nganyaywana revisited: lessons from Terry Crowley's work on New England languages

Black, Paul David (2007). Nganyaywana revisited: lessons from Terry Crowley's work on New England languages. In Siegel, Jeff, Lynch, John and Eades, Diana(Ed.), Language description, history and development: linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing. (pp. 255-265).

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IRMA ID 25500554xPUB5
Author Black, Paul David
Title of Chapter Nganyaywana revisited: lessons from Terry Crowley's work on New England languages
Title of Book Language description, history and development: linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley
Place of Publication Amsterdam ; Philadelphia
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Publication Year 2007
Series Creole Language Library 30
Edition 1
Editor Siegel, Jeff
Lynch, John
Eades, Diana
ISBN 9789027252524   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Chapter Number 19
Start Page 255
End Page 265
Total Pages 11
Field of Research 2004 - Linguistics
380206 Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
HERDC Category B - Book Chapter (DEST)
Abstract Crowley’s (1976) study of Nganyaywana is used to illustrate certain points relevant to comparative Australian linguistics. In particular, reliance on shared innovations for subgrouping is more problematic than often supposed because even the unusual phonological development of Nganyaywana can be observed as independent parallel developments elsewhere, and because uncertainties in reconstruction can also impinge on this evidence for subgrouping. Meanwhile Crowley’s finding that Nganyaywana has borrowed little from its neighbours goes against claims that Australian languages borrow heavily from each other. This adds to the evidence that it is reasonable to supplement the traditional approach to subgrouping with the independent evidence of lexicostatistics.

Keyword Nganyawana
Shared innovations
Comparative linguistics
Australian Indigenous languages
Terry Crowley
 
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