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Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific
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Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific

Jonathan S. Friedlaender

Abstract

The broad arc of islands north of Australia, extending from Indonesia east towards the central Pacific, is home to a set of human populations whose diversity is unsurpassed elsewhere. Approximately 20% of the world's languages are spoken here, and the biological and genetic heterogeneity among the groups is also extraordinary. This book describes the origins of the genetic and linguistic variation there. It lays out the very complex structure of the variation within and among the islands in this relatively small but important region. This book applies genetic analyses to an intensively sampled ... More

Keywords: population genetics, historical linguistics, biogeography, human diversity, populations, demography, Southwest Pacific, Melanesia, Near Oceania, Remote Oceania

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300307.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan S. Friedlaender, editor
Temple University (Emeritus)