Western Tasmanian languages
|Ethnicity:||Northwestern and Southwestern tribes of Tasmanians|
|Western coast and northwestern corner of Tasmania|
|Linguistic classification:||Northern–Western Tasmanian?
Tasmanian language families per Bowern (2012).
The Western Tasmanian languages are the most poorly attested of all Tasmanian families. Bayesian phylogenetic analysis suggests (at either p < 0.15 or p < 0.20) that Northwestern Tasmanian and Southwestern Tasmanian were distinct languages; several word lists of unrecorded provenance turn out to be Western Tasmanian or to have Western words mixed in. Bayesian analysis does not support a connection to other Tasmanian languages. However, manual comparison suggests they are related to the Northern Tasmanian languages, which are less poorly attested, though the similarities may be due to loans.
Except along the coast (and even then perhaps only along the northern coast), the Western Tasmanian languages were separated by other languages by a large uninhabited region in the interior.
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Western Tasmanian". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Claire Bowern, September 2012, "The riddle of Tasmanian languages", Proc. R. Soc. B, 279, 4590–4595, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1842
- Bowern (2012), supplement
- AIATSIS: Aboriginal Australia Wallmap