Abstract

The phenomenon of submorphemic sound-meaning association with a terminal -CVC is widely attested in the Austronesian languages of the Philippines and Indonesia (including Malagasy), but is absent in Oceanic languages, and until now has been attested only weakly in the Formosan languages. Evidence is presented that *-pit 'press, squeeze together; narrow', the most richly attested "root" in Malayo-Polynesian languages, is also well attested in Kavalan, one of the more endangered and underdescribed aboriginal languages of Taiwan.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 239-243
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-24
Open Access
No
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