Worrorran languages

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Worrorran
Geographic
distribution:
northern Australia
Linguistic classification: a primary family of Australian languages.
Subdivisions:
Glottolog: worr1236[1]
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Worrorran languages (purple), among other non-Pama-Nyungan languages (grey)

The Worrorran (Wororan) languages are a small family of Australian Aboriginal languages spoken in northern Australia.

The Worrorran languages fall into three dialect clusters:

Validity[edit]

There has been debate over whether the Worroorran languages are demonstrably related to one another, or constitute a geographical language group.

Dixon (2002) considers them to be language isolates with no demonstrable relationship other than that of a Sprachbund.

However, more recent literature differs from Dixon:

  • Rumsey and McGregor (2009) demonstrate the cohesiveness of the family and its reconstructibility, and;
  • Bowern (2011) accepts the Worroorran languages as a family.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Worrorran". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)