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New Linguistic Evidence for the Austric Hypothesis

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Title:New Linguistic Evidence for the Austric Hypothesis
Authors:Reid, Lawrence A.
LC Subject Headings:Austronesian languages
Date Issued:1999
Citation:Reid, Lawrence. New linguistic evidence for the Austric hypothesis. In Selected Papers from the Eighth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, ed. by Elizabeth Zeitoun and Paul Jen-kuei Li, 5-30. Taipei: Academia Sinica, 1999.
Abstract:This paper reexamines some of the claims that have been made in support of the Austric hypothesis in an attempt to respond to scholars who, in recent years, have expressed their skepticism about the hypothesis. In particular, evidence for the claim that Proto-Austroasiatic was probably ergative, with formal case-marking similar to that proposed for Proto-Austronesian is examined. The first person Genitive pronouns in both families have long been known to be cognate. This paper shows that Nominative enclitic pronouns were also probably cognate. In addition, evidence is produced for the reconstruction of two common morphemes widely distributed throughout the families, which, probably because of their distinct paths of grammaticalization have not previously been reconstructed. The paper also discusses the extensive work of L.V. Hayes in reconstructing lexical items for Proto-Austroasiatic and Proto-Austric.
Pages/Duration:27 pages
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