Abstract

While the languages of Erromango clearly belong to the Southern Vanuatu family, and the languages of Efate also clearly belong to the Central Vanuatu subgroup, there are quite a few nonlexical innovations shared by just these languages and none of their close relatives (and, remarkably, apparently very little evidence of lexical sharing). This paper investigates these innovations, and proposes a settlement pattern for central and southern Vanuatu that explains these changes while still recognizing the distinct identity of the two subgroups.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 311-338
Launched on MUSE
2005-01-20
Open Access
No
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