Barito languages

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Barito
Greater Barito
Geographic
distribution:
southern Borneo, Madagascar
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Subdivisions:
Glottolog: grea1283[1]

The Barito languages are around twenty Dayak (Austronesian) languages of Borneo, plus Malagasy, the national language of Madagascar. They are named after the Barito River.

The Barito family is thought by some[who?] to be a Sprachbund joining three groups – East Barito, West Barito, and Mahakam (Barito–Mahakam) – rather than a genuine clade. For example, Adelaar (2005) rejects Barito as a valid group despite accepting less traditional groups such as North Bornean and Malayo-Sumbawan.

Blust (2006) proposes that the Sama-Bajaw languages also derive from the Barito lexical region, though not from any established group,[2] and Ethnologue has followed, calling the resulting group 'Greater Barito'.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Greater Barito". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Blust, Robert. 2006. 'The linguistic macrohistory of the Philippines'. In Liao & Rubino, eds, Current Issues in Philippine Linguistics and Anthropology. pp 31–68.