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unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Professor Dixon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.