Northern Tasmanian languages

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Northern Tasmanian
Ethnicity Northern tribe of Tasmanians
North-central coast of Tasmania
Linguistic classification Northern–Western Tasmanian?
  • Northern Tasmanian
Glottolog port1278[1]
Tasmanian language families per Bowern (2012).
  Northern Tasmanian

Northern Tasmanian is an aboriginal language family of Tasmania in the reconstruction of Claire Bowern.[2]


Bayesian phylogenetic analysis suggests (at either p < 0.15 or p < 0.20) that two Northern Tasmanian languages (the Northern Tasmanian language and the Port Sorell language) are recorded in the 26 unmixed Tasmanian word lists (out of 35 lists known). Bayesian analysis does not support a connection to other Tasmanian languages. However, manual comparison suggests they are related to the Western Tasmanian languages, which are especially poorly attested, though the similarities may be due to loans.[3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Port Sorell". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Claire Bowern, September 2012, "The riddle of Tasmanian languages", Proc. R. Soc. B, 279, 4590–4595, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1842
  3. ^ Bowern (2012), supplement
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