Definition of Pama-Nyungan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɑːməˈnjʌŋɡən/


Relating to or denoting the main family of Australian Aboriginal languages, covering much of the continent except for a northern fringe. Most have become extinct during the 20th century.
Example sentences
  • Was there a major expansion of Pama-Nyungan speakers, probably around five millennia ago, at the expense of other languages previously spoken in the area?
  • The Pama-Nyungan family was identified and named by Kenneth Hale, in his work on the classification of Native Australian languages.
  • Dixon also rejects the Pama-Nyungan idea.


[mass noun]
The Pama-Nyungan family of languages.
Example sentences
  • The other three tribes speak languages belonging to the Nyungic group of Pama-Nyungan.

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