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Lexicostatistics with massive borrowing: The case of Jingulu and Mudburra

Black, Paul (2007). Lexicostatistics with massive borrowing: The case of Jingulu and Mudburra. Australian Journal of Linguistics,27(1):63-71.

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Title Lexicostatistics with massive borrowing: The case of Jingulu and Mudburra
Author Black, Paul
Journal Name Australian Journal of Linguistics
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 27
Issue Number 1
eISSN 1469-2996
Start Page 63
End Page 71
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Routledge - Taylor & Francis
Language English
Field of Research 200406 - Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
2004 - Linguistics
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract While heavy lexical borrowing can pose a problem to any approach to linguistic prehistory, it has often been regarded as an especially difficult problem for lexicostatistics, especially in such areas as Australia, where some believe that extensive borrowing is the norm. The present paper applies lexicostatistics to what is arguably the most massive case of borrowing known for Australia, namely between the Jingulu and Mudburra languages of the Northern Territory, and finds that it actually leads to what is generally considered the correct genetic classification of these languages. This result is then shown to depend on certain relationships among the lexicostatistical percentages that may not always obtain in other cases of heavy borrowing.
Keywords lexicostatistics
Australian Indigenous languages
comparative linguistics
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Additional Notes Accepted version pp. 1-19.

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