Potent Roots and the Origin of kava

  title={Potent Roots and the Origin of kava},
  author={John D. Lynch},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={493 - 513}
  • J. Lynch
  • Published 2 January 2002
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
Botanical evidence suggests that kava, Piper methysticwn, may have first been domesticated in northern Vanuatu, and this implies that no Proto-Oceanic term can be reconstructed with this meaning. The dissimilarities between widespread terms for 'kava' like maloku in northern Vanuatu, yaqona in Fiji, and kava in Polynesia have complicated the issue, making it unclear what the earliest reconstruction might be. I show in this paper, however, that the term kava apparently derives from a Proto… 

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