Port Sorell language

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Port Sorell
Port Sorell Tasmanian
Region North-central coast of Tasmania
Ethnicity Northern tribe of Tasmanians
Extinct 19th century
Northern–Western Tasmanian?
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None
port1278  (included)[1]

Port Sorell is an aboriginal language of Tasmania in the reconstruction of Claire Bowern.[3] It was spoken near Port Sorell, in the center of the north coast, just east of Northern Tasmanian proper. Dixon & Crowley agree that there is unlikely to be a close connection to other varieties of Tasmanian.[4]

Port Sorell Tasmanian is attested from two word lists: One of 268[dubious ] words collected by Charles Robinson at Port Sorell, and another of only 77 words, the "Little Jemmie’s" vocabulary collected by George Augustus Robinson.[5]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Port Sorell". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Port Sorell 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