Australian Aboriginal words in English: their origin and meaning

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Oxford University Press, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 255 pages
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This extensive reference provides authoritative information about the history of over 400 words from Aboriginal languages, offering the fullest available information about their Aboriginal background and Australian English history. The book begins with a general history of the 250 Australian aboriginal languages, including profiles of the languages that have been most significant as sources for borrowing. The words are then grouped according to subject--birds, fish, edible flora, dwellings, etc.--with each work listed in a dictionary-style entry. The book concludes by addressing how words changed in English, and discusses English words that have since been adopted into Aboriginal languages.

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Contents

An introduction to Australian languages
1
Some important languages
23
The words that were borrowed
60
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About the author (1990)

R. M. W. Dixon is Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University.

Mandy Thomas is deputy director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University.