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Pama–Nyungan (yellow), Garawa and Tangkic (green), and Macro-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 Macro-Gunwinyguan, the principal family of Arnhem Land in northern Australia.
The traditionally accepted languages families included in this proposal are:
In addition, it has been suggested that the Ngurmbur language isolate may belong to this group. In 2003, Nicholas Evans proposed that the Macro-Gunwinyguan languages are (also) related to the Eastern Daly languages. However, none of these connections are accepted as established in Bowern 2011.
- McConvell, Patrick and Nicholas Evans. (eds.) 1997. Archaeology and Linguistics: Global Perspectives on Ancient Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press
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