Motu shares with other members of the Central family of Austronesian languages
some significant characteristics which contribute to a considerable degree of formal indeterminacy.
As we know that the Austronesian language
family is one of the largest language families in the world.
For the purpose of this paper, it suffices to take cognizance of the fact that PMP had *qali/kali- prefixes, which have become fossilized in most of the Austronesian languages
and that lexemes containing such morphological marking share ".
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in western Borneo.
Secondly, if early farming was associated with, and enabled, the expansion of Austronesian languages
across ISEA in approximately 4000-3000 cal BP, then synchronous environmental impacts marking its spread would be anticipated.
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, in R.
Table 1 gives a list of event types, drawing on Croft (1985), Goldberg (1995), Pinker (1989), and Levin (1993) (see also Crookston 1994; Beermann 2001; EAGLES 1996), augmented by our own work on Australian and Austronesian languages
, and that of Nick Evans (pc.
Among students of Austronesian languages
, McKaughan is perhaps best known for his work that helped define the distinguishing features of Philippine-type languages.
Blust (2000: 108) proposed, however, that prehistoric language levelling in the Philippines caused the extinction of Austronesian languages
related to Chamorro and so: "Chamorro shares no body of demonstrable phonological or lexical innovations with the modern languages of the Philippines".
The remaining languages in (19), all Austronesian languages
in the Oceanic branch, are classified as Type C because of defective distributions.
The Negritos apparently adopted Austronesian languages
as their own and later developed separate dialects and daughter languages, he asserts.
Renowned as an expert on Austronesian languages
, Howard had a distinguished career as a linguist spanning over 60 years.
As these usages would suggest, some combination of prohibition and omen probably has a regular occurrence in concepts of 'taboo' over a wide range of Austronesian languages
, incorporating languages from both the Western-Malayo-Polynesian and Central-Malayo-Polynesian groupings.
There is also something of a phonological alliance (Sprachbund), where neighboring Austronesian languages
have adopted several phonological processes and restrictions (such as lenition and voicing of voiceless stops intervocalically) from Kuot (or possibly from other non-Austronesian languages
that are now extinct).
2002 The History of Faunal Terms in Austronesian Languages