Solheim - Origins of the Filipinos and Their Languages
The Nusantao Maritime Trading and Communication Network
Nusantao – refers to a maritime-oriented people whooriginated in Eastern Island Southeast Asia and alongthe southern coast of the South China Sea at the endof the Pleistocene with its sea levels rising to thegeneral level of today. This network ultimately spread to wherever Austronesian languages are spoken today, including the coast of China, Korea, Japan, and probably the Americas.
The NMTCN was the prehistoric and historic equivalent of the present day email network.
In its communication over the vast area of its coverage it provided up to date information on all subjects of interest to its members.
(Solheim 2004: 105106). “My concept of theNusantao Maritime Trade and CommunicationNetwork presents a good example of many of thecomments mentioned by Wolters for demonstratingthe unity of ‘Southeast Asia,’
Prehistory of the Philippines According toArchaeology, Genetics, Linguistics
According to ARCHAEOLOGY and GENETICSThere has been some research done with the several Negritogroups, but to has only shown that they are not closely relatedto each other, rather they are more closely related to their nearneighbors over time.
According to LINGUISTICS the relationships of the Philippine languages to the other Southeast Asian languagesWolters (179180) mentioned that “Evidently, theboat was conventionally used in island SoutheastAsia as the metaphor for emphasizing themeaning and importance of an „ordered socialgroup,‟ whether it be an organized socialunit or the spatial classification of social groupswithin a larger social framework.”
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