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Title: Discovering history through language
Subtitle: Papers in honour of Malcolm Ross
Edited By: Bethwyn Evans
URL: http://www.pacling.com/catalogue/605.html
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics

This volume honouring Malcolm Ross brings together essays in historical
linguistics by 23 scholars, many on Ross's interests in Austronesian and
Papuan languages, and others on methodology.

PART I (on language relationships) includes: (1) In ‘Remapping the
Austronesian expansion' Roger Blench examines the geographic range of
Austronesian influence. (2) ‘Robert Blust shows 'The historical value of
single words' in providing key information about Austronesian language
histories. (3) Bethwyn Evans begins to reconstruct the protolanguage of
the (Papuan) South Bougainville family in ‘Beyond pronouns: further
evidence for South Bougainville '. (4) Alexandre François analyses the
history of a small group of Oceanic Austronesian languages in ‘The
languages of Vanikoro: three lexicons and one grammar'. (5) In ‘Expanding
character sets for phylogeny: a Slavic test case' Johanna Nichols shows how
bound morphology can be used as characters for computational phylogenies.
(6) Andrew Pawley's ‘Greenberg's Indo-Pacific hypothesis: an assessment'
looks closely at the 1971 hypothesis about the relatedness of Tasmanian,
Papuan and Andamanese languages. (7) Ger Reesink sees a possible historical
connection between languages of the Bird's Head and (Proto) Oceanic. (8) In
‘How many branches in a tree? Cua and East (North) Bahnaric' Paul Sidwell
solves an old problem in Mon-Khmer relationships. (9) Jacinta Smallhorn's
‘Binanderean as a member of the Trans New Guinea family' shows that a SE
Papuan group is part of the TNG family. (10) In ‘The Papuan languages of
the Eastern Bismarcks: migration, origins and connections' Tonya N.
Stebbins examines evidence for relationship among languages of eastern New
Britain and New Ireland .

PART II (on diachronic change) includes: (11) In ‘On the zero (voice)
prefix and bare verbs in Austronesian languages of Nusa Tenggara,
Indonesia' I Wayan Arka examines contrasting passive constructions at an
assumed linguistic boundary in central Indonesia. (12) In ‘Dental
discrepancies and the sound of Proto Austronesian' Mark Donohue looks at
the typology of dental and alveolar stops and their distribution among
Austronesian languages. (13) Robert Early examines how deictics have become
relativisers in many Oceanic languages. (14) Paul Geraghty's ‘Nasal
strengthening in the Fijian languages' gives instances of stops becoming
nasals in the Oceanic languages of Fiji. (15) In ‘On reconstructing
pronominal proto-paradigms: methodological considerations from the
Pama-Nyungan language family of Australia ' Harold Koch discusses methods
of reconstructing paradigms and their significance in determining language
relationships. (16) Paul Jen-Kuei Li and Shigeru Tsuchida reconstruct
non-productive infixes in ‘Yet more Proto Austronesian infixes'. (17) In
‘Proprietives in Oceanic' Frank Lichtenberk reconstructs the history of a
formative deriving property-denoting words. (18) John Lynch addresses the
development of non-decimal numeral systems from decimal systems in Vanuatu
and New Caledonia in ‘At sixes and sevens'. (19) Anna Margetts describes
the recent ‘Spread of the Saliba-Logea plural marker'. (20) Meredith Osmond
and Andrew Pawley reconstruct ‘Verbs of perception in Proto Oceanic', and
(21) Lawrence A. Reid provides a carefully reasoned argument for ‘The
reconstruction of a dual pronoun to Proto Malayo-Polynesian'. (22) In their
‘From ki-N "get N" in Formosan languages to ki-V "get V-ed" (passive) in
Rukai, Paiwan and Puyuma', Elizabeth Zeitoun and Stacy Teng discuss
parallel development vs contact-induced change in certain Austronesian
languages of Taiwan.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Austronesian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780858836
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 513
Prices: AUS $ 135.00