Word order in Austronesian from north to south and west to east
Donohue (2005a) argues that the SVO order of most southern Austronesian languages found between mainland Southeast Asia and New Guinea is due to contact with non-Austronesian languages. I offer a number of other correlations between word order features and geographic area, establishing that the well-discussed division between "eastern" and "western" (or "Papuan" and "Austronesian") languages in the Indonesian archipelago is not a crisp one, but is one that should be essentially maintained....[Show more]
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