Eastern Tasmanian languages
|Oyster Bay – Bruny|
|Ethnicity||Oyster Bay, Big River, and Bruny tribes of Tasmanians|
|Eastern coast of Tasmania and interior|
|Linguistic classification||Possibly one of the world's primary language families|
(see Tasmanian languages)
oyst1235 (Oyster Bay)
Tasmanian language families per Bowern (2012).
Bayesian phylogenetic analysis suggests that four (at p < 0.20) to five (at p < 0.15) Eastern Tasmanian languages are recorded in the 26 unmixed Tasmanian word lists (out of 35 lists known). These cannot be shown to be related to other Tasmanian languages based on existing evidence. The languages are:
- Oyster Bay (Central–Eastern Tasmanian) (2)
- Bruny (Southeastern Tasmanian) (2–3, Bruny tribe)
Two of the lists reported to be from Oyster Bay contain substantial Northeastern admixture (see Northeastern Tasmanian languages), which Bowern believes to be responsible for several classifications linking the languages of the east coast. However, once that admixture is accounted for, the apparent links disappear.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Oyster Bay-Big River-Little Swanport". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "South-Eastern Tasmanian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- 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