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The Position of Enggano within Austronesian

Edwards, Owen


Questions have been raised about the precise genetic affiliation of the Enggano language of the Barrier Islands, Sumatra. Such questions have been largely based on Enggano’s lexicon, which shows little trace of an Austronesian heritage. In this paper, I examine a wider range of evidence and show that Enggano is clearly an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian (MP) subgroup. This is achieved through the establishment of regular sound correspondences between Enggano and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics


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