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ERIC Number: ED076070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 61
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The Classification of Papuan Languages and Its Problems.
Wurm, S. A.
This paper discusses research and developments in the study of Papuan languages, a designation formerly used to group those languages which were geographically close to, but structurally quite different from, the Austronesian languages; the grouping had nothing to do with relationships among the Papuan languages themselves. Increasing knowledge and the discovery of new languages which provide recognizable links between languages which appeared to be unrelated have led to the classification and typology of the Papuan languages. This paper considers the groupings that have been established and problems in classification. The author discusses research methodology and presents lexical, typological, and structural criteria for establishing relationships. In the final sections, the author traces the language development and migration in the area and summarizes his classification of Papuan languages. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).