Comments Lawrence Kenji Rutter university of hawai`i In the June 2001 issue of Oceanic Linguistics, Steven Roger Fischer proposes a new subgroup within Proto-Polynesian, Southeastern Polynesian. In this subgroup, Fischer includes Eastern Tuamotuan (he claims that Western Tuamotuan belongs to the Tahitic subgroup, while Eastern Tuamotuan belongs to Southeastern), Mangarevan, Old Rapan, Pitcairn, Henderson, and Rapanui. His proposal fails on two grounds: (1) no evidence is provided for the inclusion of languages other than Mangarevan, and (2) the evidence provided to support the claim that Mangarevan is a Southeastern Polynesian language relies on doublets supposed to have resulted from an intrusion. However, there is an alternate explanation for the existence of these doublets. In the ²rst section of his article, F proposes the new subgroup, Southeastern Polynesian, and has it branching off from the ProtoEastern Polynesian (PEP)1 node. The main problem with this proposal is that its subgrouping hypothesis seems to be based solely on a migration pattern, that is, the Eastern Polynesians' migration from the Marquesas-Tahiti area to Rapanui. However, migration patterns and subgrouping do not go hand in hand. That is, migration patterns do not necessarily correspond to the subgrouping of languages. Furthermore, F does not
Oceanic Linguistics – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jun 1, 2002
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