Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development

By: R.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 Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Professor Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this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, showing that the languages tend to move in cyclic fashion with respect to many of the parameters. There is also an index of languages and language groups. Professor Dixon, a pioneering scholar in the field, brings a unique perspective to this diverse and complex material. Contents 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 area; 14. Summary and conclusion. Printed Pages: 776.

Title: Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development

Author Name: R.M.W. Dixon

Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines, Language Study, Languages,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2002

ISBN: 0521473780

ISBN 13: 9780521473781

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Brand New

Jacket Condition: Brand New

Size: 16 Cms x 24 Cms

Seller ID: 009453

Keywords: Australian Languages