Some Recent Proposals Concerning the Classification of the Austronesian Languages

  title={Some Recent Proposals Concerning the Classification of the Austronesian Languages},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={300 - 391}
  • Robert Blust
  • Published 1 December 2014
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
The comparative method is a relatively well-defined tool that has been employed successfully in the classification of languages for two centuries. In recent years, there have been several proposals about the classification of the Austronesian languages that violate basic principles of method. Because some of these have been advanced by scholars who are well established in other branches of linguistics, they have acquired an influence that is out of proportion to their scientific merit. This… 
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