Pama-Nyungan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From pama (man, person) (in several northeast Australian Aboriginal languages) + nyungaa (man, person) (in several southwestern Australian Aboriginal languages) +‎ -an. Apparently coined by American linguist Kenneth L. Hale (1934-2001).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpʌməˈnjʊŋən/, /ˌpaməˈnjʊŋən/

Proper noun[edit]

Pama-Nyungan

  1. A proposed language family encompassing most Australian Aboriginal languages, including Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri, but excluding those spoken in the northwest. [from 1960s]

Derived terms[edit]

External links[edit]

Ethnologue report on Pama-Nyungan languages