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The Biri Dialects and their Neighbours

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Abstract:

The literature on a large group of indigenous dialects of central Queensland, forming a language which has been called Biri after the best-known member, and on the neighbouring languages, has been reviewed in the light of the many nineteenth and (mostly early) twentieth century sources, published and unpublished, familiar and recently unearthed, on which the language and tribal maps of the area have been or should have been based. The main publications on this area have been found to be incorrect in a number of respects. More probable interpretations of the data have been proposed, involving, for example, considering Tindale's (1974) tribal map of Australia, moving some groups away from their previously mapped location, adding some previously unrecognised groups (in some cases with still unknown names), and merging two previously separated groups.

Keywords: AUSTRALIAN LANGUAGES; CENTRAL QUEENSLAND; TINDALE MAP; TRIBAL TERRITORIES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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