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By Nicholas Evans

The sequence builds an intensive choice of top of the range descriptions of languages worldwide. each one quantity bargains a entire grammatical description of a unmarried language including totally analyzed pattern texts and, if acceptable, a glossary and different appropriate info that's on hand at the language in query. There aren't any regulations as to language family members or zone, and even supposing exact realization is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and helpful remedies of higher identified languages also are incorporated. No theoretical version is imposed at the authors; the one criterion is a excessive usual of medical caliber.

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The languages of the Jingiluan group, though clearly non-Pama-Nyungan, typologically resemble Pama-Nyungan languages in having suffixing morphology, but recent work by Blake (1990) shows this to have been a historically recent development: verbal suffixes, for example, have developed by suffixing an old auxiliary verb which bore prefixes. 2 Position of the Tangkic languages The Tangkic languages lie at the eastern edge of the Pama-Nyungan / non-Pama-Nyungan border, and their genetic affiliations have been revised several times over the last two decades.

1 The Tangkic family in Australian perspective Overview of the Australian phylum The consensus among most Australianists today is that all Australian languages are related, but at such a remote time depth that it will be possible to reconstruct "proto-Australian" only sketchily—probably the main outlines of the phonological system and pronominal morphology, possibly an ancestral noun class system, and a few score lexical items. Because of the remoteness of their connection many prefer to use the term "Australian phylum" rather than "Australian family".

However, the cool southerly trades of July and August and the monsoonal cyclones sometimes drove them back to the higher vegetated sandhills, where they dug pits which they covered with timber, bark and grass: "we discovered in one instance a large hole, containing two apartments (so to call them), in each of which a man might lie down" (Flinders 1814:145). The only clothing worn was the grass-string belt (birrka), used for carrying objects or fish, and also presented ceremonially to young girls on betrothal.

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