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11 March 2018


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Max Phin

'Science Daily' should revisit their notion on Vanuatu being the 'most linguistically diverse place on Earth per capita.'

SIL International places Vanuatu behind PNG (1st) and Cameroon (2nd) whilst UNESCO also has PNG (1st) and Vanuatu (2nd) on their Linguistic diversity index rankings.

Philip Fitzpatrick

In the lexicon of the academics 'Papuan' is a term that describes Proto-Melanesians and Aborigines and is not linked specifically to what we now know as Papua.

In a general sense the term describes the people who migrated to both New Guinea and Australia in prehistoric times.

Jimmy Sixtus

I guess if you believe the view that "'They came from New Britain, a Papuan island just east of New Guinea,' Professor Spriggs said.", then everything else makes sense.

But...Rabaul as part of Papua? Let me ponder on that. And New Britain people are Papuans?

Any views from that neck of the woods? Or from the Rabaul experts?

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