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Linguistic evidence for prehistory: Oceanic examples

Ross, Malcolm


Historical linguistic analysis of a language family can provide evidence about speakers’ prehistory in at least three respects. First, linguistic geography and the reconstruction of a linguistic phylogeny by the comparative method can tell us something about the movements of its speakers from place to place. Second, evidence of contact-induced change can tell us about the interactions of its speakers with groups speaking other languages and occasionally about instances of language shift. Third,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
Access Rights: Open Access


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