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Word order in New Guinea: dispelling a myth

Donohue, Mark


It has been claimed that the appearance of SVO order in a non-Austronesian language of New Guinea and its environs is evidence of contact and influence from Austronesian languages. I suggest that, because SVO is an innovative order in Austronesian languages as well, the influence might well be in the other direction, from a period before the popularization of SOV in New Guinea.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics
DOI: 10.1353/ol.2005.0033


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