Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development

Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development

by R. M. W. Dixon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521473780

ISBN-13: 9780521473781

Pub. Date: 12/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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 Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this long-established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…  See more details below

Overview

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 Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this long-established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 and an index of languages and language groups is provided.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521473781
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Series:
Cambridge Language Surveys Series
Pages:
776
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 2.05(d)

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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.

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