The Resource A new approach to Australian lexicostatistics, Gavan Breen

A new approach to Australian lexicostatistics, Gavan Breen

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A new approach to Australian lexicostatistics
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A new approach to Australian lexicostatistics
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Gavan Breen
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  • W20
  • E51
  • G13
  • G8
  • eng
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"It seems that Australian languages can borrow nouns more readily than verbs. If this is so, you would expect that if the speakers of a language divide into two groups which lose contact with one another, they will start borrowing from their new neighbours so that their percentages of common vocabulary will decrease. However, since they borrow nouns more readily, the percentage of nouns they have in common decreases faster than the percentage of verbs, so that the percentage of verbs remains always higher than the percentage of nouns. Conversely, since they are borrowing from their new neighbours, the vocabulary they have in common with them will increase, but it will increase faster for nouns than for verbs. Therefore, the percentage of common nouns will remain always higher than the percentage of common verbs. Using some well-established genetically related groups of languages and some of their well-established genetically unrelated or distantly related neighbours I will show that the figures conform to this hypothesis (notwithstanding that languages may really have much more complex histories than I am assuming). I then apply this method to some less clear-cut situations. The results in some cases point to a classification different from that generally accepted." [Author's abstract]
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Pama-Nyungan languages
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A new approach to Australian lexicostatistics, Gavan Breen
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Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 264-268
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A new approach to Australian lexicostatistics, Gavan Breen
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Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 264-268

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