The researchers made a database of 125 grammatical features in 15 Papuan languages. This included how word types, such as nouns and verbs, are ordered in a sentence, and whether nouns have a gender, as they do in languages such as German and French.
- which was recently published in Science. Unfortunately, my subscription to the latter - «Science's NextWave Institutional Subscription» (quel nom !) - which seems to provide more restriction than access, didn't allow me to read the original article. So can it go ! At any rate, I thought fellow Agorists with an interest in relations between various languages might find the popular articles to which links are provided above worth a look....
*Edit, 2005.09.28 : Thanks are due gailr, who was kind enough to point out the presence of an extraneous «t» here....]