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Books: Historical Linguistics: Bowern, Koch (Eds.)

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  1. paul, Australian Languages: Bowern, Koch (Eds.)

Message 1: Australian Languages: Bowern, Koch (Eds.)

Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 10:57:37 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Australian Languages: Bowern, Koch (Eds.)

Title: Australian Languages
Subtitle: Classification and the comparative method
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 249

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

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Editor: Claire Bowern, Harvard University
Editor: Harold Koch, Australian National University

Hardback: ISBN: 1588115127, Pages: xii, 377 pp., Price: U.S. $ 150.00
	 Comment: Includes CD-ROM


This book addresses controversial issues in the application of the
comparative method to the languages of Australia which have recently
come to international prominence. Are these languages 'different' in
ways that challenge the fundamental assumptions of historical
linguistics? Can subgrouping be successfully undertaken using the
Comparative Method? Is the genetic construct of a far-flung
'Pama-Nyungan' language family supportable by classic methods of
reconstruction? Contrary to increasingly established views of the
Australian scene, this book makes a major contribution to the
demonstration that traditional methods can indeed be applied to these
languages. These studies, introduced by chapters on subgrouping
methodology and the history of Australian linguistic classification,
rigorously apply the comparative method to establishing subgroups
among Australian languages and justifying the phonology of
Proto-Pama-Nyungan. Individual chapters can profitably be read either
for their contribution to Australian linguistic prehistory or as case
studies in the application of the comparative method.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii 
Map viii 
Contributor's addresses ix 
Lyle Campbell xi 
Introduction: subgrouping methodology in historical linguistics
Claire Bowern and Harold Koch 1 
A methodological history of Australian linguistic classification
Harold Koch 17 
Pama-Nyungan as a genetic entity
Luisa Miceli 67 
The coherence and distinctiveness of the Pama-Nyungan language family
	within the Australian linguistic phylum
Geoffrey O'Grady and Kenneth L. Hale 77 
Pama-Nyungan: phonological reconstruction and status as a phylogenetic
Barry Alpher 105 
The Arandic subgroup of Australian languages
Harold Koch 143 
The Ngumpin-Yapa subgroup
Patrick McConvell and Mary Laughren 169 
Thura-Yura as a subgroup
Jane Simpson and Luise Hercus 197 
The Yarli languages
Luise Hercus and Peter Austin 227 
Evolution of the verb conjugations in the Ngarna languages
Gavan Breen 245 
Diagnostic similarities and differences between Nyulnyulan and
	neighbouring languages
Claire Bowern 295 
Revisiting Proto-Mirndi
Ian Green and Rachel Nordlinger 319 
Stem forms and paradigm reshaping in Gunwinyguan
Brett Baker 343 
Combined references 375 
Language index 397 
Subject index 405 
Appendices 409

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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