Austronesian and Chinese words for the millets

  title={Austronesian and Chinese words for the millets},
  author={Laurent Sagart and Tze-fu Hsu and Yuan-Ching Tsai and Yue-ie Hsing},
After reviewing recent evidence from related disciplines arguing for an origin of the Austronesian peoples in northeastern China, this paper discusses the Proto-Austronesian and Old Chinese names of the millets, Setaria italica and Panicum miliaceum. Partly based on linguistic data collected in Taiwan by the authors, proposed Proto-Austronesian cognate sets for millet terms are re-evaluated and the Proto-Austronesian sets are identified. The reasons for the earlier confusion among Old Chinese… 



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