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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
Issue Date: 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
ISSN: 1836-6821
Appears in Collections:A. Research Papers (Peer-Reviewed)

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