Australian Languages Reconsidered: A Review of Dixon (2002)

  title={Australian Languages Reconsidered: A Review of Dixon (2002)},
  author={Nicholas Evans},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={242 - 286}
  • N. Evans
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
Is the Australian linguistic area, because of its unique history, one in which the established methods of historical and comparative linguistics have limited appropriateness? Do neighboring languages in this situation come to share an "equilibrium level" of 50 percent basic vocabulary regardless of their degree of genetic relatedness? Is the Pama-Nyungan grouping totally without foundation and something that must be discarded if any progress is to be made in studying the nature of the… 

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