Concept list McElhanon 1967 140

This list contains 140 concepts which were used to carry out a lexicostatistical classification of 14 languages spoken on the Huon Peninsula. The author apparently started from Swadeshs list of 215 items but successively reduced the items due to problems like frequent borrowing, since some of the terms had been culturally introducted (like "snow"), and due to semantic interdependencies (like "dirty" vs. "black").

Id English English gloss Concept set