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George Augustus Robinson and the Documentation of Languages of South-Eastern New South Wales

Koch, Harold

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George Augustus Robinson, best known as the conciliator of Tasmanian Aborigines and Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Port Phillip District (Victoria), has provided major sources of documentation for languages of Victoria and surrounding areas. These have become accessible in recent years through the editing and publication of his journals and vocabulary lists by Ian Clark. This paper studies in particular his materials on the languages of south-eastern New South Wales, describing the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKoch, Harold
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:22:18Z
dc.identifier.issn1759-7536
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/52618
dc.description.abstractGeorge Augustus Robinson, best known as the conciliator of Tasmanian Aborigines and Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Port Phillip District (Victoria), has provided major sources of documentation for languages of Victoria and surrounding areas. These have become accessible in recent years through the editing and publication of his journals and vocabulary lists by Ian Clark. This paper studies in particular his materials on the languages of south-eastern New South Wales, describing the documents and inferring from them his conception of language and his methods of data collection. Although Robinson provided mainly wordlists written in an idiosyncratic English-based orthography, it is possible, by interpreting the wordlists in the light of background information in the journals and by comparing vocabulary items across wordlists and with those of other sources on the same languages, to extract a surprising amount of useful material on a group of poorly described languages-which can be used for purposes of linguistic typology, historical-comparative reconstruction, and heritage language recovery by Indigenous communities.
dc.publisherManey Publishing
dc.sourceLanguage and History
dc.subjectKeywords: Australian languages; George Augustus Robinson; Historical sources; Language documentation; Philological methods
dc.titleGeorge Augustus Robinson and the Documentation of Languages of South-Eastern New South Wales
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume54
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor200319 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB251
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKoch, Harold, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage140
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage163
local.identifier.doi10.1179/175975311X13134155635356
local.identifier.absseo970120 - Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:01:29Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-80054939407
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