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The Prehistory and Internal Relationships of Australian Languages

McConvell, Patrick; Bowern, Claire


Australian linguistic prehistory has lagged behind equivalent endeavours on other continents in part because of the dearth of grammars and dictionaries until recent times, when there has been a great deal of high quality work done. Australianist linguists have tended not to use the standard comparative method. In some cases, this was because it was prematurely judged inapplicable in Australia, due to supposed very high levels of diffusion, which did not allow cognates to be distinguished from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Language and Linguistics Compass
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2010.00257.x


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