Kusunda: An Indo-Pacific language in Nepal

Paul Whitehouse, Timothy Usher, Merritt Ruhlen, William Shi Yuan Wang

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Abstract

The Kusunda people of central Nepal have long been regarded as a relic tribe of South Asia. They are, or were until recently, seminomadic hunter-gatherers, living in jungles and forests, with a language that shows no similarities to surrounding languages. They are often described as shorter and darker than neighboring tribes. Our research indicates that the Kusunda language is a member of the Indo-Pacific family. This is a surprising finding inasmuch as the Indo-Pacific family is located on New Guinea and surrounding islands. The possibility that Kusunda is a remnant of the migration that led to the initial peopling of New Guinea and Australia warrants additional investigation from both a linguistic and genetic perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5692-5695
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume101
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

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