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unAustralian

adjective; derivation
Not following the usual Australian norms, especially relating to the indigenous languages of the continent. apparent meaning: erring from the majority of Australia's aboriginal tongues. Dixon wanted to denote the language in question as substantially different from those addresses thus far in his narrative, so he affixed the ubiquitous 'un-' prefix to the adjective Australian. The new word is particularly striking because of the capital 'A' at the boundary between morphemes, which visually symbolizes the contrast between languages that follow the usual Australian language pattern and those that don't.
 
It was certainly unAustralian in its forms.
Etymology : derivation 'un-' (not) + 'Australia' (continent southeast of Asia and west of the Americas) + '-an' (adj. suffix)
Source : Searching for Aboriginal Languages, Robert Dixon, p. 107.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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