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Of or relating to Austronesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
A family of languages that includes the Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies.
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(ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒən; -ʃən)
1. (Placename) of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
3. (Languages) of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
(Languages) another name for Malayo-Polynesian
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(ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒən, -ʃən)

1. a language family that includes all the non-Papuan, non-Australian languages of peoples indigenous to Oceania, the Indonesian archipelago, Taiwan, and the Philippines, as well as Malay and Chamic in SE Asia and Malagasy on Madagascar.
2. of Austronesia or Austronesian.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
Nauruan - a native or inhabitant of Nauru
Polynesian - a native or inhabitant of Polynesia
2.Austronesian - the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Malayo-Polynesian, Polynesian - the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific
Aboriginal Australian, Australian - the Austronesian languages spoken by Australian aborigines
Formosan - the Austronesian languages spoken on Formosa
Adj.1.Austronesian - of or relating to or characteristic of Austronesia or its people or culture
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Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) on Friday in Taipei inked a deal with the Pacific state of the Marshall Islands on promoting Austronesian languages and cultural affairs.
4000 BP are the immediate source of the Malayo-Polynesian subgroup of Austronesian languages of southeast Asia, Oceania, and Madagascar.
Tagalog, the widely spoken language in the country, is distant from the Austronesian languages. It is spoken widely in Central Luzon, National Capital Region, and Southern Luzon.
Even a 'cheap' item will be considered valuable because of the spirit of the gift, expressed in the term 'mana,' which is used in many Austronesian languages.
He contends that the technical tradition called 'stitched-plank and lashed-lug tradition', developed exclusively in Southeast Asia, is not only the archipelago's contribution to the shipping world, but also enabled the movement of populations speaking Austronesian languages into Madagascar, sailing large vessels via either the northern or southern half of the Indian Ocean.
New languages available include six Austronesian languages: Fijian, Filipino, Malagasy, Samoan, Tahitian, and Tongan.
Qualitatively analyzed linguistic evidence suggests that Proto-Austronesian is the ancestral language of all Austronesian languages, that Proto-Malayo-Polynesian is a daughter language of Proto-Austronesian and the ancestor of all Austronesian languages outside Taiwan, that Proto-Western Indonesian is a daughter of Proto-Malayo-Polynesian and the common ancestor of all languages of Borneo, and so forth.
Huang, Xuanfan and Michael Tanangkingsing (2005) "Reference to motion events in six western Austronesian languages: toward a semantic typology".
Javanese is also widely used besides other Papuan or Austronesian languages in a region of just 2.7 million people.
(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.