Abstract

I present data from Tambora, a now extinct language of central Sumbawa, and argue from the lexical data and the inferred phonology, compared with areal norms, that it was a Papuan language spoken by a trading population of southern Indonesia. The existence into historical times of a large and nonreclusive Papuan political entity this far west forces a major revision of our ideas about the linguistic macrohistory of Eastern Indonesia.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 520-537
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-03
Open Access
No
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