The linguistic archeology of the Ryukyu Islands

@inproceedings{Pellard2015TheLA,
  title={The linguistic archeology of the Ryukyu Islands},
  author={Thomas Pellard},
  year={2015}
}
What are the Ryukyuan languages? How and whence did these languages arise and diversify? The history of the evolution of the Ryukyuan languages is a fundamental issue that still remains by and large unsolved. The study of the prehistory of human populations is not the preserve of archaeology, but is located at the interface with other disciplines such as anthropology and linguistics. In particular, the insights from historical linguistics have proven especially valuable, and though it is… 
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