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LINGUIST List 20.1586

Fri Apr 24 2009

Books: Historical Ling/Genetic Classification: Harvey

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        1.    Julie Manley, Proto Mirndi: Harvey

Message 1: Proto Mirndi: Harvey
Date: 23-Apr-2009
From: Julie Manley <jmanleycoombs.anu.edu.au>
Subject: Proto Mirndi: Harvey
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Title: Proto Mirndi
Subtitle: A Discontinuous Language Family in Northern Australia
Published: 2008
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics

Book URL: http://pacling.anu.edu.au/

Author: Mark Harvey
Paperback: ISBN: 9870858835 Pages: Price: AUS $ 55.00 Comment: incl. GST

The Mirndi language family is one of the very few discontinuous language
families that have been proposed for Australia . This reconstruction shows
that there is a sufficient evidentiary basis, according to the canons of
standard historical linguistics, to show that the Mirndi languages
constitute a distinct language family. The evidence comes from closed class
morphemes, both grammatical and lexical. The evidence from open, lexical
classes is negligible and would not suffice to establish the family.

The reconstruction also considers the evidence as to the territorial
associations of Proto-Mirndi. There are a number of strands of evidence,
which though limited, all converge in indicating that the territorial
associations of Proto-Mirndi were in the vicinity of the south-western Gulf
of Carpentaria . As such, this implies shifts in territorial affiliations
of the Mirndi varieties from east to west.

In addition its linguistic aspects, the reconstruction also provides a
detailed overview of the history of subsections. Subsections are a salient
social construct across much of north-central and north-western Australia .
The reconstruction shows that subsections are of considerable time depth,
and also that the diffusion of subsections is of considerable time depth.

Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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