The Austronesians

The Austronesians

Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Edited by: Peter Bellwood orcid, James J. Fox orcid, Darrell Tryon
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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. This volume is a publication of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies’ Comparative Austronesian Project.


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Sep 2006
ANU Press
Comparative Austronesian Series
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History, Linguistics, Philosophy & Religion; Social Sciences: Anthropology
Pacific, Southeast Asia

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  1. The Austronesians in History: Common Origins and Diverse Transformations (PDF, 204KB)

Section I. Origins and Dispersals

  1. Proto-Austronesian and the Major Austronesian Subgroups (PDF, 309KB)
  2. The Prehistory of Oceanic Languages: A Current View (PDF, 843KB)
  3. Borneo as a Cross-Roads for Comparative Austronesian Linguistics (PDF, 331KB)
  4. Austronesian Prehistory in Southeast Asia: Homeland, Expansion and Transformation (PDF, 389KB)
  5. The Lapita Culture and Austronesian Prehistory in Oceania (PDF, 305KB)
  6. The Austronesian Conquest of the Sea — Upwind (PDF, 241KB)
  7. Domesticated and Commensal Mammals of Austronesia and Their Histories (PDF, 232KB)

Section II. Transformations and Interactions

  1. Homo Sapiens is an Evolving Species: Origins of the Austronesians (PDF, 250KB)
  2. A Study of Genetic Distance and the Austronesian/Non-Austronesian Dichotomy (PDF, 169KB)
  3. Language Contact and Change in Melanesia (PDF, 209KB)
  4. Austronesian Societies and Their Transformations (PDF, 168KB)
  5. Sea Nomads and Rainforest Hunter-Gatherers: Foraging Adaptations in the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago (PDF, 285KB)
  6. Exchange Systems, Political Dynamics, and Colonial Transformations in Nineteenth Century Oceania (PDF, 228KB)
  7. Indic Transformation: The Sanskritization of Jawa and the Javanization of the Bharata (PDF, 221KB)
  8. Continuity and Change in the Austronesian Transition to Islam and Christianity (PDF, 178KB)
  9. Christianity and Austronesian Transformations: Church, Polity and Culture in the Philippines and the Pacific (PDF, 164KB)


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