Austronesian language

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Synonyms for Austronesian language

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

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25) While the spread of Austronesian languages across Southeast Asia and the Pacific occurred around five to seven thousand years ago, the exact chronology of cultural and linguistic change is often unclear.
According to him, in this archipelago and its inhabitants using an Austronesian language, except some of the ethnic origin of the Peninsula using Astro-Asiatic language clumps, and some Papuan tribe in the Papuan language.
Towards a Lexicogrammar of Mekeo (An Austronesian Language of Western Central Papua).
It is an Austronesian language taking its name from the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago.
Vuris is in the Austronesian language family, she says, and most closely related to other Northern Vanuatu languages.
Many linguists think that ancestral populations of Austronesian language speakers now inhabiting Southeast Asian and Pacific islands-from the Philippines to Fiji--probably came from Taiwan.
The chapter also introduces the Kaulong to the reader, as a language group, and as a term given to bush-dwelling Arawe people by the coastal people of the area, thus highlighting some of the complexities in understanding Papua New Guinea (PNG) in ethnic, linguistic, and geographical terms (Arawe culture itself comprising 'three different Austronesian language groups' as Druppel informs us on p.
Nevertheless, most linguists maintain that the Polynesian languages are part of the Austronesian language family, which originates in Taiwan.
Given the survival into historical times of at least one socially prominent Papuan population with a reported maritime tradition, and the significantly changed character of the Austronesian languages east of Sumbawa, it is almost certain that other, now vanished, Papuan languages were present in more of the islands west of New Guinea than is the case today, and that these populations were socially significant during the period in which Austronesian language-speakers arrived in the region.
Comprising approximately 19 different cultural/linguistic groupings, the majority of Orang Asli have spoken languages of the Aslian branch of the Mon-Khmer sub-family of Austro-Asiatic, the most ancient in situ language family in Southeast Asia, while several in the south speak dialects of Malay, an Austronesian language.
239-253) John Hajek discusses "Serial Verb Constructions in Tetun Dili", an Austronesian language spoken in Dili, the capital of East Timor.
The "Maloh" are speakers of an Austronesian language which is distinctive in central Borneo and is closely related to Buginese.
The Polynesians as a race originate from Austronesian groups which spread into insular southeast Asia from the mainland, more than four thousand years ago, and expanded into western Oceania, bringing with them their Austronesian language and mixing with the indigenous Australoid populations.
Drawing on insights from previous, mostly cross-linguistic, research, Mattes analyzes in detail one reduplication system of one language, Bikol, an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines.
Two Filipino researchers presented their works on indigenous writing system in Mindoro and Pampanga at the 13th International Conference on Austronesian Language held here.