The Higher Phylogeny of Austronesian and the Position of Tai-Kadai

  title={The Higher Phylogeny of Austronesian and the Position of Tai-Kadai},
  author={Laurent Sagart},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={411 - 444}
  • L. Sagart
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Biology
  • Oceanic Linguistics
This paper presents a new higher phylogeny for the Austronesian family, based on three independent lines of evidence: the observation of a hierarchy of implications among the numerals from 5 to 10 in the languages of Formosa and in PMP; the finding that the numerals *pitu '7', *walu '8', and *Siwa '9' can be derived from longer additive expressions meaning 5+2, 5+3, and 5+4, preserved in Pazeh, using only six sound changes; and the observation that the phylogeny that can be extracted from these… 

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