Arnhem Land languages


Arnhem Land languages

Infobox Language family
name = Arnhem Land
region = northern Australia
family = recently proposed family of Australian languages.
familycolor = Australian
child1 = Burarran
child2 = Iwaidjan
child3 = Giimbiyu
child4 = "Gaagudju"
child5 = "Umbugarla
The Arnhem Land languages are a recently proposed Australian language family spoken over a large part of Arnhem Land in northern Australia.

The traditionally accepted languages families included in this proposal are,
*Burarran
*Iwaidjan
*Giimbiyu
*the Gaagudju language
*the Umbugarla language

If this proposal withstands scrutiny, it will be the second or third largest language family in Australia, after Pama-Nyungan and perhaps Gunwinyguan.

References

*McConvell, Patrick and Nicholas Evans. (eds.) 1997. "Archaeology and Linguistics: Global Perspectives on Ancient Australia." Melbourne: Oxford University Press


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