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Linguistic prehistory of the Australian boab

  title={Linguistic prehistory of the Australian boab},
  author={Patrick McConvell and Thomas Saunders and Stef Spronck},
Boabs, a close relation of the African baobabs, are found only in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and a region close by in the Northern Territory. Here several of the words for the boab tree and its parts are examined with special emphasis on loanwords which cross language family boundaries going in a west-east direction. It is proposed that this linguistic diffusion may reflect dispersal of the tree into new areas on the east, in relatively recent times. On the other hand another… 

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