Austronesian Comparative Dictionary: New Search function

Re the audience’s feedback at the Tuesday Seminar talk on 2/21, Steve Trussel has added a search form to the Austronesian Comparative Dictionary. The search is set to do: Introduction, Cognate Sets, Formosan, Roots, Loans, Near Comparisons, and Noise. There are search forms at the top of all pages in those sections. Any feedback is welcome. For feedback on production of the website, please email Steven Trussel. For feedback on the content, please email Robert Blust.

Please find a screenshot below:

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Austronesian Circle: The Case of the Missing Austronesian Languages

Speaker: Dr. Joel Bradshaw

Austronesian (An) languages are scattered all along the coast and offshore islands of the mainland of Papua New guinea, from the Indonesian border all the way around to Central Papua. But there is an exceptionally wide, unexplained gap of 270 km between Numbami, the last an language on the south coast of the Huon Gulf, and Maisin, the first An language in southeast Papua. This stretch of coast is now populated entirely by speakers of Binanderean (Bin) languages belonging to the larger Trans-New Guinea family. Nevertheless, traces of contact with Oceanic (Oc) languages can be found among Bin languages, even in a few Proto-Binandere reconstructions. Bin structural influence on Maisin has been so heavy that scholars once argued about whether Maisin was basically Austronesian or Papuan. Ross (1984, 1996) has now definitively made the case for Maisin as Oc. This work presents linguistic and ethnohistorical evidence of Numbami contact with its neighboring Guhu-Samane languages, which form a very divergent group related to Bin (Smallhorn 2011), and may owe some of their divergent features to heavy contact with languages like Numbami.