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Title: Searching for Aboriginal Languages
Subtitle: Memoirs of a Field Worker
Written By: R. M. W. Dixon
Description:

In the early 1960s, R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon was one of the first linguists to study
the Aboriginal languages of northeast Queensland, Australia. He found that
some languages of the coastal rainforest were still in daily use, but others were
only half-remembered by a single elder. This autobiographical account of
fourteen years of research, first published in 1984, paints a fascinating picture of
the frontier society that existed in the region nearly fifty years ago. It reveals the
difficulties and the excitement of linguistic fieldwork, but most of all it focuses
on the people who agreed to work with Dixon and patiently helped him to
understand their dauntingly complex languages. They allowed him to record their
legends and songs and spent many hours answering his questions; this book is
a poignant reminder of the fragility of their ancient culture.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
History of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108025041
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
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