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Top-Down Historical Phonology of Rote-Meto

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Title:Top-Down Historical Phonology of Rote-Meto
Authors:Edwards, Owen
Keywords:historical phonology
subgrouping
Timor
Austronesian
Date Issued:2018
Abstract:This paper examines the historical phonology of the Rote-Meto languages through a top-down perspective. It describes the sound changes which have taken place between Proto-Malayo-Polynesian and the present-day languages. This reveals a number of shared innovations between Meto and the languages of west Rote, as well as changes shared by the other languages of Rote. Thus, a West Rote-Meto subgroup is identified, as well as a Nuclear Rote subgroup. Within Austronesian, there are phonological innovations shared between Rote-Meto and a number of languages of Timor and surrounding islands. This provides evidence for a Timor-Wetar-Babar subgroup, though this group does not include all languages of Timor.
Pages/Duration:28 pages
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10524/52421
ISSN:1836-6821
Volume:11
Issue/Number:1
Appears in Collections: A. Research Papers (Peer-Reviewed)


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