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A History of Metatypy in the Bel Languages

Ross, Malcolm


In earlier work Takia, an Oceanic Austronesian language, has been compared with its Papuan neighbour Waskia to show that much of the grammar of Takia can be explained as the outcome of metatypy on the model of Waskia or a language typologically like it. Takia belongs to the Western subgroup of the small Bel family, the members of which have all undergone metatypy to some degree. In this paper data from the Bel languages are used to reconstruct the history of certain Takia grammatical features,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Language Contact
DOI: 10.1163/000000008792525255


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