Is there a Bima-Sumba Subgroup?

  title={Is there a Bima-Sumba Subgroup?},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={113 - 45}
  • R. Blust
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
For some seven decades a number of Austronesian languages in the Lesser Sunda islands of eastern Indonesia have been assigned to a "Bima-Sumba" subgroup. No evidence has ever been presented for this group, yet through sheer repetition it has come to be accepted by many scholars. A comparative analysis of "Bima-Sumba" languages shows clear support for a Sumba-Hawu group, and limited evidence for a larger genetic unit that includes many or all of the languages of western and central Flores… 

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