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The Current State of Linguistic Research on the Relatedness of the Language Families of East and Southeast Asia

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Title: The Current State of Linguistic Research on the Relatedness of the Language Families of East and Southeast Asia
Authors: Reid, Lawrence A.
LC Subject Headings: Austroasiatic languages
Austronesian languages
Philippine languages
Southeast Asia--Languages
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: Reid, Lawrence. "The Current State of Linguistic Research on the Related of the Language Families of East and Southeast Asia." In Indo-Pacific Prehistory: The Chiang Mai Papers, Vol. 2, edited by Ian C. Glover and Peter Bellwood, 87-91. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 15. Canberra: Australian National University, 1996.
Abstract: The current state of knowledge on the relatedness of the major language families of
East and Southeast Asia is summarized following a major conference on this topic in
Hawai‘i in 1993. It is concluded that the Austric hypothesis linking the Austronesian
and Austroasiatic language families is based on good evidence and the
“homeland” of Austric was perhaps in the middle Yangzi Valley. On the other hand,
the hypotheses suggesting common roots between Austro–Thai and Austronesian,
and between Japanese and Austronesian, did not find much support and the numerous
similarities can best be explained as the result of language contact. The
relationship between Chinese and Austronesian was not resolved and merits more
study.
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33029
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