The East Papuan Languages: A Preliminary Typological Appraisal

  title={The East Papuan Languages: A Preliminary Typological Appraisal},
  author={M. Dunn and M. G. P. A. Reesink and M. G. P. A. Terrill},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={28 - 62}
This paper examines the Papuan languages of Island Melanesia, with a view to considering their typological similarities and differences. The East Papuan languages are thought to be the descendants of the languages spoken by the original inhabitants of Island Melanesia, who arrived in the area up to 50,000 years ago. The Oceanic Austronesian languages are thought to have come into the area with the Lapita peoples 3,500 years ago. With this historical backdrop in view, our paper seeks to… Expand

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