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Banana (Musa spp.) Domestication in the Asia- Pacific Region: Linguistic and archaeobotanical perspectives

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Title: Banana (Musa spp.) Domestication in the Asia- Pacific Region: Linguistic and archaeobotanical perspectives
Authors: Donohue, Mark
Denham, Tim
Keywords: banana domestication
Asia-Pacific region
linguistics
archaeobotany
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Donohue M, Denham T. 2009. Banana (Musa spp.) domestication in the Asia- Pacific region: linguistic and archaeobotanical perspectives. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 7:293-332.
Abstract: An examination of linguistic terms for ‘banana’ within Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia sheds light on the history of Musa spp. domestication. Linguistic investigations suggest a westward dispersal of banana from New Guinea, mixing with a Philippine variety (or at least sphere of cultural usage), then westward again to mainland Southeast Asia, and (as far as can be linguistically inferred) onward to the western edge of South Asia. The linguisticallyderived interpretation accords generally with the archaeobotanical evidence and botanical models for the dispersal of banana cultivars.
Description: research
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/12521
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2009 - Volume 7 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications



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