Malagasy dialects and the peopling of Madagascar

  title={Malagasy dialects and the peopling of Madagascar},
  author={Maurizio Serva and Filippo Petroni and Dimitri Volchenkov and S. Wichmann},
  journal={Journal of The Royal Society Interface},
  pages={54 - 67}
The origin of Malagasy DNA is half African and half Indonesian, nevertheless the Malagasy language, spoken by the entire population, belongs to the Austronesian family. The language most closely related to Malagasy is Maanyan (Greater Barito East group of the Austronesian family), but related languages are also in Sulawesi, Malaysia and Sumatra. For this reason, and because Maanyan is spoken by a population which lives along the Barito river in Kalimantan and which does not possess the… 

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