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Austronesians in Linguistic Disguise: Fataluku cultural fusion in East Timor

McWilliam, Andrew


This paper explores the relationship between language and cultural practice in the Fataluku language community of East Timor. A Papuan language and member of what is referred to as the Trans New Guinea Phylum (TNGP) of languages, Fataluku society nevertheless exhibits many cultural ideas and practices suggesting a long period of engagement and accommodation to Austronesian cosmopolitanism. The idea that Fataluku speakers are 'Austronesians in disguise' points to the significance of cultural...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
DOI: 10.1017/S0022463407000082


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