chapter  2
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Language ecology in pre-European days

Let me begin with a disclaimer. I cannot hope to offer an exhaustive empirical study of the very complex topic of this chapter. Instead, I shall try to make sense of a rather motley, often unreliable or patchy butterfly collection of evidence. My attempts to make sense will take place against the background of ecological questions such as:

1 What were salient properties of the linguistic ecologies of Australia and the Pacific area?