More than Mere Words - Paul Monaghan & Michael Walsh

More than Mere Words

By Paul Monaghan & Michael Walsh

  • Release Date: 2020-11-01
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines


Peter Sutton has been at various times, and sometimes simultaneously, a museum-based anthropologist with a foundational role in raising the profile of Australian Indigenous art, an anthropologist and linguist who has made significant ethnographic, analytical and theoretical contributions to both fields, and to the intersection between them, an expert on native title, and a public intellectual. The contributors to "More than Mere Words" reflect on Sutton's important contribution to linguistics and the study of Australian languages. The first two chapters give a historical perspective on the study of Australia's Indigenous languages. There follows a section on language as a reflection of connection to place, and then a set of essays on language in its socio-cultural contexts, spanning prehistory to the present. The final part of the book charts the consequences of the colonial encounter through a consideration of language endangerment. The volume's title captures both the complexity of languages as systems embedded in their social contexts through space and time, and a sense that this celebration of Peter's life and career cannot simply be read as "mere words". Contributors: Louise Ashmore, Paul Black, Barry Blake, Luise Hercus, Clair Hill, Harold Koch, Patrick McConvell, Paul Monaghan, David Moore, David Nash, Alan Rumsey, Jane Simpson, Clara Stockigt, Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Michael Walsh