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- The genetic status of Garrwan
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science
- This paper reviews the evidence on the classification of the Garrwan language family, in terms of the Pama-Nyungan vs Non-Pama-Nyungan opposition. The Garrwan language family is the only family whose status has been analyzed as indeterminate or intermediate with respect to this opposition. This paper shows that Proto-Garrwan was characterized by a high degree of innovation in grammatical morphology. Consequently, there are only limited materials, restricted to the pronominals, which can serve to evaluate its genetic status. This paper shows that this evidence, though limited, is sufficient to classify Garrwan as a Pama-Nyungan family.
- Australian Journal of Linguistics Vol. 29, Issue 2, p. 195-244
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