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From: Roger Mills <...>

Here's something that might be of interest, posted today on Cybalist.

Looking at Indonesian, I'm a little bit skeptical; they claim loan 
status for several words that can be regularly derived from Proto 
Malayo-Polynesian.... And several (like 'kartu pos' = postcard) are 
called "probably not borrowed"-- but both terms are given elsewhere as 
"clearly borrowed"-- possibly they mean that it's a natively formed 
compound/calque, hence not directly borrowed??  I don't know :-((((

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