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The prehistory of the Austronesian-speaking peoples: A view from language
Prior to the European colonial expansions of the past several centuries the Austronesian (AN) language family had the greatest geographical extent of any on earth, including in its territory areasExpand
Chamorro Historical Phonology
After a brief look at the synchronic phonology of this language of the Mariana Islands, the details of its development from Proto-Austronesian are set forth. Questions of subgrouping withinExpand
Malayo-Polynesian (CEMP). CEMP, encompassing all of the approximately 600 Austronesian languages of eastern Indonesia and the Pacific apart from Palauan, Chamorro, and possibly Yapese, is justifiedExpand
First Islanders: Prehistory and Human Migration in Island Southeast Asia
Peter Bellwood is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, which he joined in 1973, retiring in 2013. He has undertaken archaeological research in Polynesia and Island SoutheastExpand
Notes on Pazeh Phonology and Morphology
Pazeh, once the heritage of a substantial language community in the Puli basin of central Taiwan, appears to be down to its last fluent speaker. Several linguists have worked on the language inExpand
Hunter-Gatherers and Their Neighbors from Prehistory to the Present [and Comments and Replies]
It is widely assumed that modem hunter-gatherer societies lived until very recently in isolation from food-producing societies and states and practiced neither cultivation, pastoralism, nor trade.Expand
Kiput Historical Phonology
The languages of northern Sarawak are noteworthy for their unusual phonological histories. Even among these, Kiput is exceptional. All North Sarawak languages reflect a split of theExpand
Is there a Bima-Sumba Subgroup?
For some seven decades a number of Austronesian languages in the Lesser Sunda islands of eastern Indonesia have been assigned to a "Bima-Sumba" subgroup. No evidence has ever been presented for thisExpand
The Origin of the Kelabit Voiced Aspirates: A Historical Hypothesis Revisited
Kelabit, an Austronesian language spoken in northern Sarawak, has a typologically rare series of true voice aspirates. Contrary to claims in the general phonetics literature, these segments cannot beExpand
Palauan Historical Phonology: Whence the Intrusive Velar Nasal?
One of the more striking features in the historical phonology of Palauan is the addition of a velar nasal before word-initial vowels. Because final vowels were unstressed, and almost alwaysExpand