|Linguistic classification||One of the world's primary language families|
Worrorran languages (purple), among other non-Pama-Nyungan languages (grey)
The Worrorran languages fall into three dialect clusters:
There has been debate over whether the Worrorran languages are demonstrably related to one another, or constitute a geographical language group.
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.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Worrorran". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)
- Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- McGregor and Rumsey (2009). Worrorran Revisited: The Case for Genetic Relations Among Languages of the Northern Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Pacific Linguistics.
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