By Claire Bowern

This e-book addresses arguable matters within the software of the comparative approach to the languages of Australia that have lately come to foreign prominence. Are those languages ‘different’ in ways in which problem the basic assumptions of old linguistics? Can subgrouping be effectively undertaken utilizing the Comparative technique? Is the genetic build of a far-flung ‘Pama-Nyungan’ language relations supportable by way of vintage equipment of reconstruction? opposite to more and more verified perspectives of the Australian scene, this publication makes an enormous contribution to the demonstration that conventional tools can certainly be utilized to those languages. those experiences, brought by means of chapters on subgrouping technique and the background of Australian linguistic category, conscientiously practice the comparative way to developing subgroups between Australian languages and justifying the phonology of Proto-Pama-Nyungan. person chapters can profitably be learn both for his or her contribution to Australian linguistic prehistory or as case reports within the program of the comparative technique.

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