Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development by R. M. W. DixonAustralian Languages: Their Nature and Development by R. M. W. Dixon

Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development

byR. M. W. Dixon

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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 Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this long-established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.
R. M. W. Dixon is Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University.
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Title:Australian Languages: Their Nature and DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:780 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.54 inPublished:November 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521046041

ISBN - 13:9780521046046

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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.