Reassessing Australia’s Linguistic Prehistory

  title={Reassessing Australia’s Linguistic Prehistory},
  author={Mark Clendon},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={39 - 61}
  • M. Clendon
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Linguistics
  • Current Anthropology
The origin of the typological split between the Australian PamaNyungan and nonPamaNyungan languages is here described by reference to palaeogeography. In the model advanced here these currently contiguous groups are understood to have originated in widely separate regions of Sahul at a time depth about twice that of previous estimates. Australian linguistic diversity is explained in terms of climatic events at the end of the last ice agethose that brought about the evacuation of the central… 

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