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Mon Feb 14 2011

Books: Anthro Ling/Historical Ling/Lang Documentation: Dixon

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        1.     Joyce Reid , The Languages of Australia: Dixon

Message 1: The Languages of Australia: Dixon
Date: 09-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Languages of Australia: Dixon
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Title: The Languages of Australia
Published: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: R. M. W. Dixon
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108017855 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 26.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108017855 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Abstract:

Described by Ken Hale as 'nothing less than a masterpiece' and by P. H.
Matthews as 'absolutely clear, astonishingly complete, factually
fascinating', "The Languages of Australia" (first published in 1980 and now
reissued) was a landmark in Australian linguistics. This pioneering work of
synthesis covered more than two hundred Aboriginal languages, and
stimulated the next generation of scholarship in the field. The author's
subsequent search for an overarching theoretical model to explain the
unusual properties of Australian languages finally led him to adopt a
'punctuated equilibrium' model of language development. Dixon proposed
this in "The Rise and Fall of Languages" (1997), which provided the framework
for his major work "Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development"
(2002). "The Languages of Australia" is still sought after, however, as a
benchmark in the discipline and because its first four chapters provide a
valuable non-technical introduction that does not appear in the 2002 volume.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction;
2. Tribe and languages;
3. Speech and song styles;
4. The role of language in Aboriginal Australian society today;
5. Vocabulary;
6. Phonology;
7. Phonological change;
8. Classification of Australian languages;
9. Word classes;
10. Nouns;
11. Pronouns;
12. Verbs;
13. Syntax;
14. Summary.


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Morphology
                            Phonology
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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