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LINGUIST List 20.3375

Tue Oct 06 2009

Books: General Linguistics: Wafer, Lissarrague

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        1.    Ken Walker, A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory: Wafer, Lissarrague

Message 1: A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory: Wafer, Lissarrague
Date: 05-Oct-2009
From: Ken Walker <muurrbaywestnet.com.au>
Subject: A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory: Wafer, Lissarrague
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Title: A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the
Australian Capital Territory
Published: 2009
Publisher: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative Ltd.
                http://www.muurrbay.org.au

Author: Jim Wafer
Author: Amanda Lissarrague
Hardback: ISBN: 9780977535187 Pages: 830 Price: AUS $ 135.00
Abstract:

New South Wales was the first part of Australia to be colonised and so the
written records of the state¹s Indigenous languages go back more than 200
years. The body of linguistic information that has accumulated over that
period is considerable, but it is also very uneven in its quality and
coverage. The Handbook distills this information in a way that makes it
easily accessible to a broad audience. The Handbook combines the functions
of both a guidebook and a dictionary. It runs to just over 830 pages and is
divided into two parts: the first part is a survey of the Indigenous
languages of NSW and the ACT (including Aboriginal English), giving
information about dialects, locations, maps, and resources available for
language revitalisation; the second part provides word-lists in practical
spelling for 42 distinct language varieties. There is also useful
information on sign languages and kinship classification, as well as an
appendix on place names. The Handbook is a valuable reference and
educational resource, useful to Aboriginal people who want to revitalise
their languages and to those in the broader community who simply want to
know more about the state¹s rich linguistic heritage. It will be
particularly helpful in the planning and implementation of primary,
secondary and tertiary educational programs dealing with Aboriginal
languages and linguistics.

Contains a chapter on contact languages by Jean Harkins.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Lexicography

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=43866


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