The influence of English on possessive systems as shown in two Aboriginal languages, Arabana (northern SA) and Paakantyi (Darling River, NSW)
journal contributionposted on 02.06.2017 by Hercus, Luise A.
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This paper discusses the gradual erosion of the alienable-inalienable distinction in two Pama Nyungan languages, Arabana and Paakantyi. These two languages become structurally more similar to each other because of the unifying influence of English, which has become the dominant language throughout southern Australia. There is a brief note on inalienability in the Western Kulin languages of Victoria.