Abstract

It has been claimed that the appearance of SVO order in a non-Austronesian language of New Guinea and its environs is evidence of contact and influence from Austronesian languages. I suggest that, because SVO is an innovative order in Austronesian languages as well, the influence might well be in the other direction, from a period before the popularization of SOV in New Guinea.

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ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 527-536
Launched on MUSE
2005-12-20
Open Access
N

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