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Abstract

There has been much discussion on the kinds of linguistic traits that can be borrowed, and under what circumstances, and the relationship of different kinds of contact to <i>areality</i>. This article suggests that phonological aberrancies, in terms of the family to which a language belongs, in the <i>core</i> phonology are indicative of an older substrate, while morphosyntactic aberrancies indicate superimposition. A case study of Australian phonological systems is analyzed in terms of the typology presented, which when correlated with other nonlinguistic evidence reveals insights into human prehistory in that continent.

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