The CAP Linguistics Newsletter February 2014

The CAP Linguistics Newsletter is a regular digest of news and events concerning language research within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Linguistics in the College of Asia and the Pacific promotes the study of this linguistic diversity in its fullest sense, including documentation and description - producing grammars, dictionaries and collections of textual materials, usually from on-site fieldwork – work that is equally important for small speech communities themselves.

Featured in this edition:

Eastern Indonesian kinship terminology in Austronesian perspective

The paper is concerned with regional variation in terminological relations: what terminological patterns have carried through to eastern Indonesia from the western Austronesian region; what patterns have been transformed; what patterns are distinctive of the region; and what relational patterns continue on into Oceania. Eastern Indonesia is a transition zone and is by no means uniform: hence the paper is also concerned to identify patterns of local variation within eastern Indonesia and, by extension, Oceania.


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