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How accurate and robust are the phylogenetic estimates of Austronesian language relationships?

Greenhill, Simon J.; Drummond, Alexei J.; Gray, Russell D.


We recently used computational phylogenetic methods on lexical data to test between two scenarios for the peopling of the Pacific. Our analyses of lexical data supported a pulse-pause scenario of Pacific settlement in which the Austronesian speakers originated in Taiwan around 5,200 years ago and rapidly spread through the Pacific in a series of expansion pulses and settlement pauses. We claimed that there was high congruence between traditional language subgroups and those observed in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010-03-10
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009573


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