Australia's Original Languages: an introduction

Dixon, R.M.W. (2019) Australia's Original Languages: an introduction. Allen and Unwin, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

There has for some time been the need for a book for the general public on the nature of the Indigenous languages of Australia, their subtle grammatical structures and specialised vocabulary. Of how languages reflect traditional values, and how culture determines the make-up of the grammar. And the ways in which they differ from the familiar languages of Europe. Professor R.M.W. Dixon found that the original inhabitants were, at that time, not regarded as citizens; they were not permitted to live freely nor to operate their own bank accounts and there was scant understanding among mainstream Australians of their systems of social organisation and values. Whilst somewhat improved, there lingers a lack of understanding of the rich tapestry of the original languages, a lack which this volume seeks to satisfy. Bod studied materials for each of the 250 original languages and in this volume, quotes from more than three dozen separate languages.

Item ID: 58848
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-76087-523-7
Keywords: Indigenous languages,Dyirbal, Australian languages
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 00:38
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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