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The Language of Lapita: Vanuatu and an early Papuan Presence in the Pacific

Donohue, Mark; Denham, Tim


The languages of Vanuatu are uniformly Austronesian, but have long been described as "aberrant." Blust (2005) points out a number of morphosyntactic features of the Vanuatu languages that might provide evidence for a Papuan element in their history. We add to that argument, presenting phonological evidence that links the languages of Vanuatu and New Caledonia with the non-Austronesian languages of New Guinea. Accepting that the earliest archaeological sites in Vanuatu are Lapita sites, we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics
DOI: 10.1353/ol.0.0021


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