By Michail S. Andronov
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Sometimes we can identify the focus of diffusion for a feature. The use of dug-out canoes plainly permeated down from the Torres Strait as far as Princess Charlotte Bay and the Bloomfield River. Mulvaney (1975: 113) maps the distribution of baler shell ornaments, which came from the eastern coastal waters of the Cape York Peninsula and travelled as far as South Australia; and pearl shell ornaments from the Kimberley coast of north-western Australia, which were traded across to Queensland and South Australia.
Parker, Assistant Protector of Aborigines at Franklingford, who states that Rev. Mr Tuckfield from Buntingdale preached to his wards on 2 May 1842 but ‘the Widouro [Wadha-wurrung] language, I found, was understood only by a few [bilingual] people, and Mr Tuckfield, who is acquainted only with that language, could not be understood by the majority. Many of the words are identical, but others so essentially different as to make the two dialects distinct languages’ (Morrison 1966: 61). ’. First consider a situation for which we have good information.
Language and dialect names are spelled in a variety of ways in the literature. 1), but in some cases I have instead used a spelling that is well established in the literature. ) Some of the names for groups are taken over from the recent literature; for example, WL, Arandic, and WJb, Yapa. Others have been made up. The lexicostatistic classification often uses the term for ‘man’ but in many cases the form used is found in only some of the languages of the group to which it is applied. For instance, subgroup WJa was labelled ‘Ngumpin’, although this form is only found in one of the four languages in the subgroup (WJa3, Gurindji); I have avoided such inappropriate labels.
A comparative grammar of the Dravidian languages by Michail S. Andronov