Macro-Pama–Nyungan languages

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Macro-Pama–Nyungan
(controversial)
Geographic
distribution:
northern Australia
Linguistic classification: recently proposed family of Australian languages.
Subdivisions:
Glottolog: None
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Pama–Nyungan (yellow), Garawa and Tangkic (green), and Gunwinyguan (orange)

Macro-Pama–Nyungan is an Australian language family proposed in 1997 that links the two largest language families in Australia, the Pama–Nyungan family, which covers seven-eighths of the continent, and Gunwinyguan, the principal family of Arnhem Land in northern Australia.

The traditionally accepted languages families included in this proposal are,



Gunwinyguan


 Greater
 Pama–Nyungan 

Tankic




Garawan



Pama–Nyungan proper





In addition, it has been suggested that the Ngurmbur language isolate may belong to this group. However, none of these connections are accepted as established in Bowern 2011.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)
  • McConvell, Patrick and Nicholas Evans. (eds.) 1997. Archaeology and Linguistics: Global Perspectives on Ancient Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press