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Australia'S Original Languages


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1 Many distinct languages 2 Each language has several dialects 3 Language doing its job 4 Nothing primitive here 5 Knowing who your relations are 6 Who are you talking to? 7 Getting your tongue around it 8 Putting the bits together 9 Remarkable genders 10 Oodles of words 11 Are there any language links? 12 In recent times 13 The languages today Acknowledgements Sources and notes References Index

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R. M. W. Dixon is a Professor of Linguistics at James Cook University and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has been conducting immersion fieldwork since 1963 and is author of The Languages of Australia, co-author of Australian Aboriginal Words in English, and author of grammars and dictionaries for five Indigenous languages.


"A must read for all who would like to understand the languages and culture of Indigenous Australians." --Dr Ernie Grant, Elder of the Jirrbal nation

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