A Study Of Human Migration And Settlements- Encompassing Climate Change, Conflict, Inter Marriage, Trade, And

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he Austronesian peoples have been a source of much anthropological study, attracting the intrigue of Captain James Cook in his expeditions. The Austronesian language family is spoken by around 385 million people speaking 1200 languages, stretching from Madagascar to Rapanui- making it the fifth most spoken language family in the world (Brown, 2009). Many believe that Polynesians are descendants of Austronesians, however the origins and spread of the Austronesians are hotly debated. Several lines of study have been utilised to elucidate the mysteries behind this perfect case study of human migration and settlements- encompassing climate change, conflict, inter-marriage, trade, and crucially, technological advancements.

Some assume the ultimate origin of pre-Austronesians to be in China, with a study by Min-Shan Ko et al. (2014) proposing that the pre-Austronesians migrated south from northern China after foxtail millet domestication; continuing south after domestication of rice in the Yangtze valley; embarking the Yellow Sea near Fuzhou and arriving in northern Taiwan around 6 KYA based on archaeological evidence (Bellwood, 1978). Some argue that the Austronesian language family developed here- of the 10 groups of the family, 9 are found only in Taiwan. The sizeable extra-Taiwanese Austronesian populations belong to the remaining group (Blust, 1999). This may indicate Taiwan as the ‘Urheimat’, or linguistic home of the language family and arguably its people- following the…

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