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Query Details


Query Subject:   Personal Pronouns in Asia-Pacific
Author:   Kirill Babaev
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics

Query:   Dear Colleagues,

I am writing an article on possible historical links between personal
pronouns of the languages Asia and the Pacific, and gathering data on the
reconstructed proto-language personal pronoun forms.

I would appreciate to have an advice on where I can find information on the
two points:

1. Is there any clue on the reconstruction of the Common Proto-Australian
personal pronouns? I found some Pama-Nyungan reconstructions, but not
Proto-Australian.

2. The same for Austronesian: though some scholars give Proto-Mon-Khmer
pronouns, but have the Proto-Austroasiatic personal pronouns been
reconstructed?

I will be obliged for any advice on the topic.

Kirill Babaev Ph.D.
Russian State Humanities University
Moscow
LL Issue: 19.2656
Date posted: 31-Aug-2008



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