A Note on the Higher Phylogeny of Austronesian

  title={A Note on the Higher Phylogeny of Austronesian},
  author={Bodo Winter},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={282 - 287}
  • Bodo Winter
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
This paper presents a critique of Sagart's (2004) classification of the Formosan languages. Sagart proposes a subgrouping based on a set of innovations in the numeral systems of the Formosan languages. These innovations entail that the higher phylogeny of Austronesian is much more hierarchical than in other subgrouping accounts (e.g., Blust 1999, Ross 2009). According to Sagart, the innovated numeral forms can be derived from the complex numerals of the Formosan language Pazeh. A number of… 

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