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Linguistic prehistory of the Australian boab

McConvell, Patrick; Saunders, Thomas; Spronck, Stef

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Boabs, a close relation of the African baobabs, are found only in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and a region close by in the Northern Territory. Here several of the words for the boab tree and its parts are examined with special emphasis on loanwords which cross language family boundaries going in a west-east direction. It is proposed that this linguistic diffusion may reflect dispersal of the tree into new areas on the east, in relatively recent times. On the other hand another...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Conference paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/63655
Source: Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013
Access Rights: Open Access

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