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Ethnoreconstruction in Kok-Paponk

Black, Paul (2005). Ethnoreconstruction in Kok-Paponk. In: Fortescue, Michael, Jensen, Eva Skafte, Mogensen, Jens Erik and Schosler, Lene 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen, 11-15 August 2003.

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IRMA ID 25500554xPUB1
Author Black, Paul
Title Ethnoreconstruction in Kok-Paponk
Conference Name 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics
Conference Location Copenhagen
Conference Dates 11-15 August 2003
Convener University of Copenhagen
Roskilde University
Conference Publication Title Historical Linguistics 2003: Selected papers from the 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics
Editor Fortescue, Michael
Jensen, Eva Skafte
Mogensen, Jens Erik
Schosler, Lene
Place of Publication Amsterdam ; Philadelphia
Publisher John Benjamins
Publication Year 2005
ISBN 9789027247711   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 21
End Page 29
Total Pages 9
Field of Research 200406 - Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
2004 - Linguistics
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Kok-Papónk was a relatively conservative dialect of the same language as Koko-Bera, in western Cape York Peninsula, Australia. Accordingly one might hope its data could clarify the environments for certain sound changes in the latter. Regrettably, however, Kok-Papónk is largely attested from one of its last marginal speakers, who seems to have created some of its forms on the basis of its sound correspondences with Koko-Bera, which she knew much better. This problem, called ‘ethnoreconstruction’ by McClure and McClure (1977), makes it difficult to be sure which of the forms attested for Kok-Papónk should actually be taken to provide evidence for historical reconstruction.
Keyword Kok-Papónk
Australian Indigenous languages
comparative reconstruction
Additional Notes Accepted version pp.1-18.
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Created: Mon, 08 Dec 2014, 11:53:46 CST by Paul Black