Journal article

A linguist’s perspective on the settlement history of Madagascar

Karl Adelaar

NUSA | Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya. Pusat Kajian Bahasa dan Budaya | Published : 2016


This paper combines evidence from historical linguistics and several other research disciplines in an endeavor to shed new light on the settlement of Madagascar by its current population some twelve centuries ago. It starts out making a clear chronological distinction between the time of the earliest contacts between East Africa and insular South East Asia, the time Madagascar was settled by Indonesians and Bantus, and the period of continued cultural and trade relations between Madagascar and Southeast Asia after this settlement. It touches on the history of human occupation in Madagascar and deals more in depth with the arrival of Indonesians and Bantus, including their identity and lingui..

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