Title: Australian Languages
Subtitle: Their Nature and Development
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: R. M. W. Dixon
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521046046 Pages: 776 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521046046 Pages: 776 Price: U.S. $ 85.00
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
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 Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Professor Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this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 an interesting perspective to this diverse and complex material.
List of maps; List of abbreviations and conventions; Preface; Acknowledgements; Conventions followed; List of languages and language groups;
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 areas; 14. Summary and conclusion;
References; Index of languages, dialects and language groups; Subject index.