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Synonyms for Malayo-Polynesian

the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific

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12) For Malayo-Polynesian comparisons, it may be significant that a link between taboo and witchcraft is also apparent in Ruud's accounts of Malagasy animal taboos.
This brings us back to the 'thunder complex', the series of taboos found throughout Malayo-Polynesian speaking Southeast Asia which encompasses prohibitions on talking to animals, laughing at them, dressing them in clothes, and so on (Forth 1989).
In the Pacific, Tagalog and other Malayo-Polynesian languages of the Philippines have augmented their meager store of prepositions with Spanish para.
In the Western Malayo-Polynesian languages of Indonesia and the Philippines there is characteristically a patient-subject construction, often unmarked, and an agent-subject construction, often marked with a nasal prefix on the verb.
Dr Bellwood has frequently made the argument for the spread of Malayo-Polynesian speakers from Taiwan.
While acknowledging the vital role played by reconstruction of proto-forms for language families like Western Malayo-Polynesian (WMP) in assessing the material culture of the past, Hoogervorst shows us that we must take into account a more complex set of constraints on the adoption of new lexical material.
Malayo-Polynesian heartland to both remote Oceania and coastal Africa.
Ann Kinney's book begins with short articles by two art historians with much experience in Java, who trace the contours of the drama played out by the interaction of Malayo-Polynesian and Indian religions.
Internal divisions of the Flores-Lembata subgroup of Central Malayo-Polynesian.
Of the great genetic diversity of Formosan languages relative to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of Austronesian, many linguists believe that (South China and) Taiwan formed the heartland and dispersal centre of the Austronesian language family.
They are descended from some of the many different peoples who make up the Philippines: Malayo-Polynesians, Chinese, South Asian, Arab and indigenous peoples.