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Mangarevan Doublets: Preliminary Evidence for Proto-Southeastern Polynesian

Mangarevan Doublets: Preliminary Evidence for Proto-Southeastern Polynesian Steven Roger Fischer institute of polynesian languages and literatures The Mangarevan language of the Gambier Islands, situated between Tahiti and Easter Island, displays one of the largest collections of doublets among the fortyodd Polynesian languages. These doublets indicate a pre-Proto­Central Eastern settlement of the island from the Marquesas via the Eastern Tuamotus. They also witness a later Proto­Central Eastern intrusion on the island of similar provenience. The cumulative weight of evidence suggests that Proto­Southeastern Polynesian, a hitherto unrecognized language that seemingly comprised Proto­ Eastern Polynesian's ²rst differentiation, was spoken by the ²rst settlers of the Eastern Tuamotus, Mangareva, Pitcairn, Henderson, and Rapanui. 1. INTRODUCTION. Mangarevan is the Eastern Polynesian language of the approximately 1,100 inhabitants of the Gambier Islands, located 1,650 km. southeast of Tahiti, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn at 134º 45' W. and 20º 20' S.1 A barrier reef 65 km. in length encloses the Gambiers' ten islands on all but the group's southern ³ank. Some archaeologists now believe that "Polynesians had explored, found and settled the Oceanic area of ... Mangareva, Pitcairn and Henderson by 800 a.d." (Green 1998:88; cf. Green 2000a:74). In 1797, Capt. James Wilson of the Duff, conveying members of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Mangarevan Doublets: Preliminary Evidence for Proto-Southeastern Polynesian

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 40 (1) – Jan 6, 2001

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Steven Roger Fischer institute of polynesian languages and literatures The Mangarevan language of the Gambier Islands, situated between Tahiti and Easter Island, displays one of the largest collections of doublets among the fortyodd Polynesian languages. These doublets indicate a pre-Proto­Central Eastern settlement of the island from the Marquesas via the Eastern Tuamotus. They also witness a later Proto­Central Eastern intrusion on the island of similar provenience. The cumulative weight of evidence suggests that Proto­Southeastern Polynesian, a hitherto unrecognized language that seemingly comprised Proto­ Eastern Polynesian's ²rst differentiation, was spoken by the ²rst settlers of the Eastern Tuamotus, Mangareva, Pitcairn, Henderson, and Rapanui. 1. INTRODUCTION. Mangarevan is the Eastern Polynesian language of the approximately 1,100 inhabitants of the Gambier Islands, located 1,650 km. southeast of Tahiti, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn at 134º 45' W. and 20º 20' S.1 A barrier reef 65 km. in length encloses the Gambiers' ten islands on all but the group's southern ³ank. Some archaeologists now believe that "Polynesians had explored, found and settled the Oceanic area of ... Mangareva, Pitcairn and Henderson by 800 a.d." (Green 1998:88; cf. Green 2000a:74). In 1797, Capt. James Wilson of the Duff, conveying members of

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