Ethnoreconstruction in Kok-Paponk

Paul Black

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    Kok-Papónk was a relatively conservative dialect of the same language as Koko-Bera, in western Cape York Peninsula, Australia. Accordingly one might hope its data could clarify the environments for certain sound changes in the latter. Regrettably, however, Kok-Papónk is largely attested from one of its last marginal speakers, who seems to have created some of its forms on the basis of its sound correspondences with Koko-Bera, which she knew much better. This problem, called ‘ethnoreconstruction’ by McClure and McClure (1977), makes it difficult to be sure which of the forms attested for Kok-Papónk should actually be taken to provide evidence for historical reconstruction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHistorical Linguistics 2003
    EditorsMichael Fortescue, Eva Skafte Jensen, Jens Erik Mogensen, Lene Schøsler
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Holland
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9789027247711
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics - Amsterdam, Holland
    Duration: 11 Aug 200315 Aug 2003


    Conference16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics


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