Where *R they all? The Geography and History of *R-loss in Southern Oceanic Languages
Some twenty years ago, Paul Geraghty offered a large-scale survey of the retention and loss of Proto-Oceanic *R across Eastern Oceanic languages, and concluded that *R was "lost in proportion to distance from Western Oceanic." This paper aims at testing Geraghty's hypothesis based on a larger body of data now available, with a primary focus on a tightly knit set of languages spoken in Vanuatu. By observing the dialectology of individual lexical items in this region, I show that the boundaries...[Show more]
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