Australia at Time of Contact: Non-Pama-Nyungan


Data Source:
Tryon, Darrell. 2007. Australia:Time of Contact. Atlas of the World's Languages, ed. by R. E. Asher and Christopher Moseley, 144-145. Oxford: Routledge.

"Australian: Composite 2011". MultiTree: A Digital Library of Language Relationships

Date Digitized: June 2011

Map Description:
The largest language family in Australia is Pama-Nyungan. Most non-Pama-Nyungan languages are located in the north-western portion of the country, closest to Papua New Guinea. Despite their proximity to Papua New Guinea, these languages are a part of the Australian language family, not the Austronesian language family. The non-Pama-Nyungan languages depicted on this map are divided into subgroups, and the map is designed to be layered with the 'Australia: Time of Contact' Pama-Nyungan map, for a complete depiction of the languages spoken in Australia at the time of contact.

This original map was made by vectorizing data from the MultiTree language database and the Atlas of the World's Languages.


Other resources related to this project:
This folder (Australia and Austronesia: at Time of Contact) contains other maps showing linguistic subgroups. The maps may be overlaid on each other for a more complete picture.


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