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Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Austronesian homeland: A critique

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Title:Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Austronesian homeland: A critique
Authors:Lee, Nala Huiying
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Sep 2012
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Lee, Nala Huiying. 2012. Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Austronesian homeland: A critique. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 43(4).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Linguistics, archaeology, and genetics have been used to reconstruct the past. Where findings differ, there is a tendency to rely on a hierarchy of reliability in the sciences. With regard to the Austronesian homeland, it has been asserted that linguistics and archaeology rely on each other’s evidence for postulating an Out-of-Taiwan hypothesis. This paper examines the arguments that use individual lines of evidence. Whereas evidence from linguistics and archaeology support an Out-of-Taiwan hypothesis, genetics does not provide a coherent scenario for or against such a hypothesis. Issues of dating, sampling, and non-paternity should be addressed before genetics can be reliably used in conjunction with linguistics and archaeology.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73242
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2012
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2012


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