Bibliography on seldom studied South Asian languages

Stephen Matthews matthews at HKUCC.HKU.HK
Fri Jun 18 10:17:07 UTC 2004

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Dear all,
May I suggest an intriguing addition:

Whitehouse, Paul, Timothy Usher, Meritt Ruhlen and William S-Y Wang. 2004.
Kusunda: An Indo-Pacific language in Nepal. Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences of the USA, vol. 101, no.15, 5692-95.

The authors claim that Kusunda was misclassified as Sino-Tibetan
essentially because their neighbours, such as the Chepang, clearly speak
S-T languages. Instead, it is proposed that Kusunda related to Andamanese
and Papuan languages within Greenberg's Indo-Pacific grouping.
I would be interested to hear the views of specialists in this area on
either of these points.


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