Australian Aboriginal Languages
The Australian Aboriginal languages comprise up to twenty-seven language families and isolates native to the Australian Aborigines of Australia and a few nearby islands, but by convention excluding the languages of Tasmania and the eastern Torres Strait Islanders. The relationships between these languages are not clear at present, although substantial progress has been made in recent decades.
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... ⟨rd⟩ is used in the transcription of Australian Aboriginal languages such as Warlpiri, Arrernte, and Pitjantjatjara for a retroflex stop, /ʈ/ ... ⟨rh⟩ is found in English language with words from the Greek language and transliterated through the Latin language ... German, French, and the auxiliary language Interlingua use rh in the same way ...
... Australian languages divide into a dozen or so families ... Note when cross-referencing that most language names have multiple spellings rr=r, b=p, d=t, g=k, dj=j=tj=c, j=y, y=i, w=u, u=oo, e=a, and so on ... A range is given for the number of languages in each family, as sources count languages differently ...
... David Nash is a prominent Australian field linguist, specialising in the Aboriginal languages of Australia ... in pure mathematics from the Australian National University followed by an M.A ... He works as a consultant for various Aboriginal organisations ...
... from the shores of Botany Bay has yielded evidence of Aboriginal settlement dating back 5,000 years ... The Aboriginal people of Sydney were known as the Eora with sub-groups derived from the languages they spoke ...
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