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[Review of] The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent’s most linguistically complex region ; edited by Nicholas Evans

Black, Paul (2007). [Review of] The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent’s most linguistically complex region ; edited by Nicholas Evans. Aboriginal History Journal,31:190-193.

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Title [Review of] The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent’s most linguistically complex region ; edited by Nicholas Evans
Author Black, Paul
Journal Name Aboriginal History Journal
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 31
ISSN 0314-8769   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 190
End Page 193
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian National University * Dept. of History
Language English
Field of Research 200406 - Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
2004 - Linguistics
HERDC Category C2 - Journal Article - Other contributions to refereed journal (internal)
Abstract This volume is an especially significant contribution to the comparative study of Australian languages and thus ultimately to theories of Australian prehistory that may be based on such study. As Evans notes in his introduction, it is the first book length historical study of the non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern and north western Australia, an area containing ‘perhaps 90% of Australia’s linguo-genetic diversity’. While Evans himself does not discuss the more general implications of this diversity — it is a book for linguists rather than historians — generally it has been taken as evidence for the relative antiquity of linguistic settlement in this area, in contrast to a later spread of the less diverse Pama-Nyungan languages across the remainder of Australia.
Keywords non-Pama-Nyungan
comparative linguistics
Australian Indigenous languages
Nicholas Evans
Description for Link Link to published version
URL http://press.anu.edu.au/titles/aboriginal-history-journal/ah31_citation/


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