Norman Tasmanian language

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Region Unidentified location in northeastern Tasmania
Ethnicity Unidentified tribe of Tasmanians
Extinct 19th century
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

A variety of aboriginal Tasmanian attested in a manuscript nicknamed the "Norman" vocabulary is identified as a distinct language in the reconstructions of Claire Bowern.[1] The list of 386 words was recorded in Sorell, Tasmania in the 19th century by one Charles Sterling.[2] The language was presumably spoken somewhere in the northeast of Tasmania, but the original location of the speakers was not recorded.


  1. ^ Claire Bowern, September 2012, "The riddle of Tasmanian languages", Proc. R. Soc. B, 279, 4590–4595, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1842
  2. ^ Bowern (2012), supplement