Pacific Linguistics publishes *Papuan Pasts*

Malcolm Ross Malcolm.Ross at ANU.EDU.AU
Fri Mar 3 03:01:01 UTC 2006

PACIFIC LINGUISTICS is happy to announce the publication of:
***** Papuan Pasts: Cultural, linguistic and biological histories of  
Papuan-speaking peoples *****

edited by Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Jack Golson and Robin Hide

PL 572

This book is an inter-disciplinary exploration of the history of  
humans in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomon  
Islands , which make up the biogeographic and cultural region that is  
coming to be known as Near Oceania, with particular reference to the  
people who speak Papuan (non-Austronesian) languages. Discoveries  
over the past 50 years have given Near Oceania a prominence in world  
prehistory far beyond its demographic, economic and political  
importance. Archaeological research has established that by 40,000  
years ago people had made the ocean crossings from South-east Asia to  
the Australia-New Guinea continent and had reached New Britain and  
New Ireland. By 30,000 years ago they had penetrated the high valleys  
of the central highlands of New Guinea. There is evidence of  
cultivation of taro, yam and banana and associated forest clearance  
in some parts of the central highlands from 10,000 years ago and this  
takes on a more systematic, agricultural character after about 7,000  
years ago. The northern third of New Guinea is the most  
linguistically diverse part of the planet, containing a concentration  
of disparate language families consistent with in situ  
diversification in the late Pleistocene. The Bismarcks and Solomons  
are a second area of great linguistic diversity. Research in  
population genetics, using mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA, shows  
a degree of genetic variation in Near Oceania consistent with at  
least 40,000 years of human settlement and in situ diversification of  
semi-isolated populations, while also in some cases suggesting  
several distinct population arrivals. The 28 chapters of the book  
(for details, see below) include state of the art reports by  
archaeologists, historical linguists, environmental scientists,  
cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists and population  
geneticists, together with introductions by the four editors.

The full table of contents is given below.

2005 ISBN 0 85883 562 2

pp. 817 + xxiii

Prices: Australia AUD$148.50 (incl. GST)
Overseas AUD$135.00

Prices are in Australian dollars (one Australian dollar is currently  
equivalent to about US$ 0.75).

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Pacific Linguistics
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1. Andrew Pawley, Introduction to the chapters on historical linguistics

2. Malcolm Ross, Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping  
Papuan languages

3. Andrew Pawley, The chequered career of the Trans New Guinea  
hypothesis: recent research and its implications

4. William A. Foley, Linguistic prehistory in the Sepik–Ramu basin

5. Bert Voorhoeve, Asmat-Kamoro, Awyu-Dumut and Ok: an enquiry into  
their linguistic relationships

6. Mark Donohue and Melissa Crowther, Meeting in the middle:  
interaction in North–Central New Guinea

7. Ger Reesink, West Papuan languages: roots and development


8. Jack Golson,  Introduction to the chapters on archaeology and  

9. Jim Specht, Revisiting the Bismarcks: some alternative views

10. Pamela Swadling and Robin Hide, Changing landscape and social  
interaction: looking at agricultural history from a Sepik–Ramu  

11. Tim Denham, Agricultural origins and the emergence of rectilinear  
ditch networks in the highlands of New Guinea

12. Benjamin Evans and Mary-Jane Mountain, Pasin bilong tumbuna:  
archaeological evidence for early human activity in the highlands of  
Papua New Guinea

13. Susan Bulmer, Reflections in stone: axes and the beginnings of  
agriculture in the Central Highlands of New Guinea 387

14. Jack Golson, The middle reaches of New Guinea history

15. Barry Craig, What can material culture studies tell us about the  
past in New Guinea?


16. Robin Hide, Introduction to the chapters on environmental and  
social sciences

17. John Chappell, Geographic changes of coastal lowlands in the  
Papuan past

18. Geoffrey S. Hope and Simon G. Haberle, The history of the human  
landscapes of New Guinea

19. Paul Roscoe, Foraging, ethnographic analogy, and Papuan pasts:  
contemporary models for the Sepik–Ramu past

20. Bryant J. Allen, The place of agricultural intensification in  
Sepik foothills prehistory

21. Terence E. Hays, Vernacular names for tubers in Irian Jaya:  
implications for agricultural prehistory

22. Robert Attenborough, Introduction to the chapters on biological  
anthropology and population genetics

23. John McDonough, Lydia Smith, Sal Cerchio, Charles Mgone and D.  
Andrew Merriwether,  Mitochondrial genetic diversity and its  
determinants in Island Melanesia

24. Simon Easteal, Belinda Whittle, Andrea Mettenmeyer, Robert  
Attenborough, Kuldeep Bhatia and Michael P. Alpers, Mitochondrial  
genome diversity among Papuan-speaking people of Papua New Guinea

25. Nerida Harley, Robert Attenborough, Michael P. Alpers, Charles  
Mgone, Kuldeep Bhatia and Simon Easteal, The importance of social  
structure for patterns of human genetic diversity: Y-chromosome and  
mitochondrial genome variation in Papuan-speaking people of mainland  
Papua New Guinea

26. Penelope Main, Robert Attenborough and Xiaojiang Gao, The origins  
of the Papuans: the HLA story

27. Rosalind M. Harding and Yan-tat Liu, Time scales for genetic  
diversity found in New Guinea Highlanders: a look at some evidence  
for estimates of 100,000 years or more

28. Nicola van Dijk, Biological relationships amongst New Guinean  
populations and between New Guinean and Australian populations: the  
skeletal evidence

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