The Austronesians: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

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Peter Bellwood, James J. Fox, Darrell Tryon
ANU E Press, Sep 1, 2006 - Social Science - 367 pages
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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