Their Nature and Development
By (author) R. M. W. Dixon
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Australian Languages by R. M. W. Dixon
Book DescriptionAboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 40,000 years, speaking about 250 languages. Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Professor Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this long-established linguistic area. The areal distribution of most features is illustrated with more than 30 maps, showing that the languages tend to move in cyclic fashion with respect to many of the parameters. There is also an index of languages and language groups. Professor Dixon, a pioneering scholar in the field, brings an interesting perspective to this diverse and complex material.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521046046
(228mm x 152mm x 39mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. M. W. Dixon
Are Some Languages Better Than Others?, Hardback (March 2016)
This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, the book outlines the essential and optional features of language, before concluding that the ideal language does not and probably never will exist.
Grammar of Knowledge, Paperback (March 2016)
This book explores the expression of information source, inferences, assumptions, probability and possibility, and gradations of doubt and beliefs across a wide range of languages in different cultural settings. Like others in the series it will interest both linguists and linguistically-minded anthropologists.
Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders, Hardback (June 2015)
This book builds on R. M. W. Dixon's most influential work on the languages of North Queensland. It brings together studies in the fields of phonology, syntax, language contact, and language attrition, illustrated with examples of the unusual and theoretically significant features of the languages studied.
Possession and Ownership, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by R. M. W. Dixon
Linguists and anthropologists explore the intriguing variety of possessive phrases denoting ownership of property, whole-part relations (such as body and plant parts), and blood and affinal kinship relations across a wide range of languages. Like others in the series this pioneering book will be equally valued in linguistics and anthropology.
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Author Biography - R. M. W. Dixon
R. M. W. Dixon is Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University, Victoria.
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