Is Puyuma a Primary Branch of Austronesian?

  title={Is Puyuma a Primary Branch of Austronesian?},
  author={Laurent Sagart},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={194 - 204}
  • L. Sagart
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
Malcom Ross's new theory of early Austronesian phylogeny is examined. I describe evidence that *-en served to mark verbs in undergoer voice, patient subject, in a language ancestral to Puyuma, as well as evidence that *<in> occurs in some verbs in undergoer voice, patient subject perfective, in one sociolect of Nanwang Puyuma. This evidence falsifies the claim that Puyuma reflects an early Austronesian stage at which *-en and *<in> had not yet been reinterpreted from nominalizers into voice… 

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