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Paman languages

Summary
The Paman 'pæmən languages are an Australian language family spoken on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. First noted by Kenneth Hale, Paman is noteworthy for the profound phonological changes which have affected some of its descendants. Classification Various classifications of the Paman languages exist. The one outlined below is that of R. M. W. Dixon, though he does not accept that these branches are necessarily related to each other. Geographically, running down the east coast, they are: *North Cape York **Northern Paman **Umpila *Umbindhamu † *Lamalamic **Umbuygamu † **Lamu-Lamu
  • Yalgawarra † *Yalanjic **Guugu Yimithirr **Guugu Yalandji **Barrow Point † (>> Wik?) *Mbariman-Gudhinma †
  • Djabugay †
Down the west coast, they are: *North Cape York **Northern Paman **Wik *Southwestern **Upper Southwest Paman ***Kuuk Thaayorre ***Kuuk Yak † ***Kunjen (incl. Ogh Undjan) **Yir-Yoront (incl. Yirrk-Thangalkl) † **Koko-Bera (incl. Gugu Dhaw) *Kok-Nar † *Norman Paman **Kurtjar
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