Introduction: 'Austronesia' and the great Austronesian migration

@article{Terrell2004IntroductionA,
  title={Introduction: 'Austronesia' and the great Austronesian migration},
  author={J. Terrell},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  year={2004},
  volume={36},
  pages={586 - 590}
}
What lies behind the widespread distribution of the Austronesian languages today? Some claim we must invoke an ancient cultural 'mutation' - the invention of agriculture - and a consequent prehistoric migration to account for it. But do we need a big story to explain this kind of big problem? What other sorts of stories would work as well or better? 
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