The prehistory of the Austronesian-speaking peoples: A view from language

  title={The prehistory of the Austronesian-speaking peoples: A view from language},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Journal of World Prehistory},
  • R. Blust
  • Published 1995
  • History
  • Journal of World Prehistory
Prior to the European colonial expansions of the past several centuries the Austronesian (AN) language family had the greatest geographical extent of any on earth, including in its territory areas that had never previously been settled. Although predominantly distributed in a tropical or subtropical environment, AN-speaking peoples exhibit a wide range of physical types, material cultures, and types of social and political organization. This paper addresses ways in which linguistic comparison… Expand
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