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Synonyms for Austronesian

a native or inhabitant of Austronesia

the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia

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Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples said that with the support of President Tsai Ing-wen, a standing organization for the Austronesian Forum was established on August 1 last year as a means of realizing international exchanges among indigenous peoples as required by the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law.
The comparative method of historical linguistics provides a tool by which to adduce the likely contact languages for Austronesian loan words in TS-CYP.
Brindley does not even mention the opposing view--notably that of Solheim and of this reviewer on the archaeological evidence, Oppenheimer and Richards on DNA --that the Austronesians originated to the south, in the present-day Philippines and Indonesia.
These two mergers are not all that define the Malayo-Polynesian branch of Austronesian, but they illustrate nicely how historical linguists use exclusively shared innovations as the lynchpin of language classification based on qualitative evidence.
We can see, for example, that Australian and Austronesian languages tend to have simpler phonologies, that North American languages tend to have more complex morphologies, that Indo-European languages tend to have more complex levels of syntax, and that major languages tend to have a simpler lexicon (but a more complex phonology).
By connecting his island with Batan, Rapongan in effect envisions a spacious Austronesian family that sails and savors the waves.
Historically, Timor-Leste displays the hallmarks of its position at the crossroads of the Austronesian and Melanesian worlds (see Fig.
The search of the fossil linguistics especially in the Iban language phonology and morphology were then compared to Malay (Melayik) is believed to be able to uncover the veil which proves that the island of Borneo the second homeland of the Malay or Austronesian peoples.
An additional reason for the generally dismissive rejection of Molet's thesis was the conventional view of Francophone specialists of Malagasy history, following the Grandidiers, that the Merina, especially of the andriana caste, were an evolved people of pure or almost pure Austronesian (Javanese/Malay) descent, who were superior to the other metis peoples of Madagascar.
The study would be best appreciated by specialists in Oceanic and Austronesian languages, but perhaps also by some general linguists interested in linguistic typology.
However, none of these has given us a fully systematic treatment of the language that takes advantage of recent advances in typological studies and the study of the comparative syntax of the Austronesian languages.
She has also committed to write a research paper on how the ATAYAL cultural exchange programs with Austronesian groups may lead to an opportunity for a new type of indigenous tourism targeting Austronesia and how it may benefit the economy of Taiwan.
With a population of a little more than 1 million, the East Timorese are primarily Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) or Papuan.
"The people of the Austronesian language family lived near the ocean and were very mobile," said Chen.
This is followed by a brief Prologue which further discusses Lapita as an icon in contemporary Oceania, and an Introduction which situates Lapita within the larger theme of the Austronesian peopling of Remote Oceania.