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Australian Aboriginal Words In Dictionaries: A Reaction

Nash, David


A recent evaluation of how English dictionaries have treated the etymologies of some words borrowed from Australian languages was based on the authors own etymologies. I have examined one of these, for boomerang, and show that it incorporates inaccuracies and distortions, and that the criticism of J. A. H. Murrays etymology is unfounded. I suggest how the authors methodology may have led him astray.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Lexicography
DOI: 10.1093/ijl/ecp012


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