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An Oceanic Origin for Aiwoo, the Language of the Reef Islands?

Ross, Malcolm; Naess, Ashild


Whether the languages of the Reefs-Santa Cruz (RSC) group have a Papuan or an Austronesian origin has long been in dispute. Various background issues are treated in the introductory section. In section 2 we examine the lexicon of the RSC and Utupua-Vanikoro languages and show that there are regular sound correspondences among these languages, and that RSC languages display regular reflexes of Proto-Oceanic etyma and are therefore Austronesian. We also show that together the RSC and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics


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