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The historical relation of the Papuan languages of Timor and Kisar

Schapper, Antoinette; Huber, Juliette LU and van Engelenhoven, Aone (2012) Conference on the history, contact and classification of Papuan languages In Language & Linguistics in Melanesia p.194-242
Abstract
The Papuan languages on the islands of Timor, Alor, Pantar and Kisar have typically been supposed to be related to one another. Based on their geographical proximity, this assumption of relatedness has been supported by impressionistic assessments of lexical and phonological similarity and the results of lexicostatistical measurements. Whilst recent historical work has shown definitively that the languages of Alor and Pantar are related to one another (Holton et al. 2012), the relation of the Papuan languages on Timor and Kisar has not yet been established with the proper methodological rigour. In this paper we present the results of a study applying the comparative method to the Timor and Kisar languages. We demonstrate the... (More)
The Papuan languages on the islands of Timor, Alor, Pantar and Kisar have typically been supposed to be related to one another. Based on their geographical proximity, this assumption of relatedness has been supported by impressionistic assessments of lexical and phonological similarity and the results of lexicostatistical measurements. Whilst recent historical work has shown definitively that the languages of Alor and Pantar are related to one another (Holton et al. 2012), the relation of the Papuan languages on Timor and Kisar has not yet been established with the proper methodological rigour. In this paper we present the results of a study applying the comparative method to the Timor and Kisar languages. We demonstrate the inter-relatedness of the Timor-Kisar languages through the identification of abundant cognate sets with regular sound correspondences between languages. (Less)
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Papuan languages, Timor-Alor-Pantar languages, historical reconstruction
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Language & Linguistics in Melanesia
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Hammarström, Harald; van den Heuvel, Wilco; and
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194 - 242
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Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea
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Conference on the history, contact and classification of Papuan languages
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0023-1959
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Language, cognition and landscape (LACOLA): understanding cross-cultural and individual variation in geographical ontology
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  abstract     = {The Papuan languages on the islands of Timor, Alor, Pantar and Kisar have typically been supposed to be related to one another. Based on their geographical proximity, this assumption of relatedness has been supported by impressionistic assessments of lexical and phonological similarity and the results of lexicostatistical measurements. Whilst recent historical work has shown definitively that the languages of Alor and Pantar are related to one another (Holton et al. 2012), the relation of the Papuan languages on Timor and Kisar has not yet been established with the proper methodological rigour. In this paper we present the results of a study applying the comparative method to the Timor and Kisar languages. We demonstrate the inter-relatedness of the Timor-Kisar languages through the identification of abundant cognate sets with regular sound correspondences between languages.},
  author       = {Schapper, Antoinette and Huber, Juliette and van Engelenhoven, Aone},
  booktitle    = {Language & Linguistics in Melanesia},
  editor       = {Hammarström, Harald and van den Heuvel, Wilco},
  issn         = {0023-1959},
  keyword      = {Papuan languages,Timor-Alor-Pantar languages,historical reconstruction},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {194--242},
  publisher    = {Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea},
  title        = {The historical relation of the Papuan languages of Timor and Kisar},
  year         = {2012},
}