Austronesians in linguistic disguise: Fataluku cultural fusion in East Timor

Andrew McWilliam*

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    This paper explores the relationship between language and cultural practice in the Fataluku language community of East Timor. A Papuan language and member of what is referred to as the Trans New Guinea Phylum (TNGP) of languages, Fataluku society nevertheless exhibits many cultural ideas and practices suggesting a long period of engagement and accommodation to Austronesian cosmopolitanism. The idea that Fataluku speakers are 'Austronesians in disguise' points to the significance of cultural hybridity on the Austronesian boundary.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)355-375
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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