The Austronesians: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

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Peter Bellwood, James J. Fox, Darrell Tryon
ANU E Press, 2006 - Social Science - 359 pages
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The Austronesian-speaking population of the world are estimated to number more than 270 million people, living in a broad swathe around half the globe, from Madagascar to Easter Island and from Taiwan to New Zealand. The seventeen papers in this volume provide a general survey of these diverse populations focusing on their common origins and historical transformations. The papers examine current ideas on the linguistics, prehistory, anthropology and recorded history of the Austronesians.
  

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Contents

ProtoAustronesian and the Major Austronesian Subgroups
19
A Current View
43
Borneo as a CrossRoads for Comparative Austronesian
81
Homeland
103
The Lapita Culture and Austronesian Prehistory in Oceania
119
The Austronesian Conquest of the Sea Upwind Adrian
143
Domesticated and Commensal Mammals of Austronesia
161
Origins of
177
Foraging
245
Exchange Systems Political Dynamics and Colonial
287
The Sanskritization of Jawa
309
The Spread of Literacy
317
The Javanization of the Mahābhārata
324
Continuity and Change in the Austronesian Transition
333
The Idea of the Sacred
341
Church
351

A Study of Genetic Distance and the Austronesian
195
Language Contact and Change in Melanesia Tom Dutton
207
Austronesian Societies and Their Transformations
229
References
363
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