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The Austronesian-speaking inhabitants of the realm are expected to quantity greater than 270 million humans, residing in a vast swathe round part the globe, from Madagascar to Easter Island and from Taiwan to New Zealand. The seventeen papers during this quantity offer a common survey of those varied populations concentrating on their universal origins and ancient alterations. The papers research present rules at the linguistics, prehistory, anthropology and recorded background of the Austronesians. This quantity is a ebook of the examine college of Pacific and Asian experiences' Comparative Austronesian venture.

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By Peter S. Bellwood, James J. Fox, Darrell T. Tryon

The Austronesian-speaking inhabitants of the realm are expected to quantity greater than 270 million humans, residing in a vast swathe round part the globe, from Madagascar to Easter Island and from Taiwan to New Zealand. The seventeen papers during this quantity offer a common survey of those varied populations concentrating on their universal origins and ancient alterations. The papers research present rules at the linguistics, prehistory, anthropology and recorded background of the Austronesians. This quantity is a ebook of the examine college of Pacific and Asian experiences' Comparative Austronesian venture.

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Suffice it to say that the major advances in Austronesian studies have been made this century, beginning with the systematic comparative work of such linguists as Stresemann (1927) and Dempwolff (1934-38). Since that time there has been a great deal of systematic research carried out right throughout the vast region where Austronesian languages are spoken. In the past twenty-five years or so there have been a number of subgrouping hypotheses advanced by scholars of Austronesian languages. Only the most recent will be considered in any detail in this overview, for the major purpose of this paper is to present current and recent Austronesian subgrouping hypotheses, to look at what may be regarded as secure and what remains the subject of ongoing research.

4. However, there is a lack of established cognation in the morphemes used to express formally similar systems — thus a hypothesis of convergent development between the CMP and the Oc proclitics cannot easily be ruled out. ) also questions whether there is convincing evidence for an immediate common ancestor of the CMP, SHWNG and Oc subgroups. Irregular morphological changes: 1. 2. 3. 4. ’ ‘four’ ‘yawn’ ‘shy, ashamed’ Blust (1990) concludes that the evidence for the existence of the PCEMP subgroup is fairly strong, as individual pieces of evidence are mostly mutually independent.

1983-84 More on the position of the languages of eastern Indonesia. Oceanic Linguistics 22-23:1-28. 1985 The Austronesian homeland: a linguistic perspective. Asian Perspectives 26(1):45-67. 38 Proto-Austronesian and the Major Austronesian Subgroups 1990 Central and Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian. Paper presented at Conference on Maluku linguistics, University of Hawaii, March 1990. Charles, M. 1974 Problems in the reconstruction of Proto-Philippine phonology and the subgrouping of the Philippine languages.

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