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Abstract : The comparison of sixteen Austronesian languages, regarding the absolute coordinates they use in space reference, makes it possible to propose a historical hypothesis regarding the geocentric system of Proto Oceanic: on land, one up-down axis defined by the declivity of the ground; at sea, a second up-down axis motivated by the prevailing trade winds. After reconstructing the system of POc, I model the principal paths of evolution which historically derived from it and led to the diverse systems attested in modern Oceanic languages.

Keywords : space directionals geocentric reference deixis historical reconstruction Proto-Oceanic Oceanic languages

Author: Alexandre François -



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