Tai-Kadai as a subgroup of Austronesian

Abstract : Presents a new theory of the origin of Tai-Kadai. Instead of being co-ordinate with Austronesian as Benedict argues, it is viewed as an offshoot of Proto-Austronesian, belonging to the clade which includes several of the languages of the Formosan East coast and Malayo-Polynesian. Evidence comes from lexical and morphological features in the vocabulary Thai (broadly speaking) shares with Austronesian: in particular Tai-Kadai shares with Malayo-Polynesian some characteristic innovations in the second-person pronouns.
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Laurent Sagart, Roger Blench et Alicia Sanchez-Mazas. The Peopling of East Asia, RoutledgeCurzon, pp.177-181, 2005


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Laurent Sagart. Tai-Kadai as a subgroup of Austronesian. Laurent Sagart, Roger Blench et Alicia Sanchez-Mazas. The Peopling of East Asia, RoutledgeCurzon, pp.177-181, 2005. <halshs-00104725>

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