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Ref ID: 31204
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Sagart, Laurent
Title: The vocabulary of cereal cultivation and the phylogeny of East Asian languages
Date: 2003
Source: Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association
Notes: Proceedings of the 17th Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Taipei, Taiwan 9 to 15 September 2002.
Abstract: This study investigates some important terms of cereal agriculture in the five language families of East Asia, in an attempt to gain some insights into processes of cereal domestication, demographic expansions and the formation of language families. The principal findings are: There is some evidence that the proto-Austronesians cultivated wet rice, albeit without elaborate irrigation techniques
Two words for rice are uniquely shared by Sino-Tibetan and Austronesian, with sound correspondences
A word for "Setaria italica," a millet, is possibly shared by Chinese and Austronesian. There is no evidence for agricultural words uniquely shared by Austroasiatic and Austronesian (Austric).
Date Created: 3/31/2004
Volume: 23
Page Start: 127
Page End: 136