Asian roots of the Malagasy; A linguistic perspective

@inproceedings{Adelaar1995AsianRO,
  title={Asian roots of the Malagasy; A linguistic perspective},
  author={Alexander Adelaar},
  year={1995}
}
The idea that Malagasy is related to the languages of insular Southeast Asia is very old. It can be traced back to 1603, when Frederick de Houtman published his Spraeck ende Woordboeck, inde Maleysche ende Madagaskarsche talen. This work was basically a textbook for those interested in learning Malay, but it also contained a Malay-Malagasy Dutch wordlist which clearly demonstrated some of the similarities between Malay and Malagasy. But, as Dahl points out, although De Houtman provided ample… CONTINUE READING

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