Little Swanport language

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Little Swanport
Region region of Little Swanport, eastern Tasmania
Ethnicity Oyster Bay tribe of Tasmanians
Extinct 19th century
Eastern Tasmanian
  • Oyster Bay
    • Little Swanport
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None
oyst1235  (Oyster Bay + Little Swanport)[1]

Little Swanport Tasmanian is an aboriginal language of Tasmania in the reconstruction of Claire Bowern.[3] It was spoken near the modern town of Little Swanport on the east coast. Dixon & Crowley had noted that it appeared to be distinct, but were not sure if it constituted a separate language from other word lists collected near Oyster Bay.[4]

The Little Swanport language is attested in a list of 211 words collected by George Augustus Robinson.[5]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Oyster Bay + Little Swanport". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Little Swanport at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. ^ Claire Bowern, September 2012, "The riddle of Tasmanian languages", Proc. R. Soc. B, 279, 4590–4595, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1842
  4. ^ Crowley, T; Dixon, R. M. W. (1981). "Tasmanian". In Dixon, R. M. W.; Blake, B. J. Handbook of Australian languages. Vol 2. Canberra: Australian National University Press. pp. 394–421. 
  5. ^ Bowern (2012), supplement