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(ô′strō-ā′zhē-ăt′ĭk, -shē-, -zē-)
A family of languages of southeast Asia once dominant in northeast India and Indochina, including Mon-Khmer and Munda.

Aus′tro-A′si·at′ic adj.


(Languages) a hypothetical phylum or superfamily of languages consisting of Mon-Khmer and certain other languages of India and South-East Asia. Links with Malayo-Polynesian have also been suggested
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Noun1.Austro-Asiatic - a family of languages spoken in southern and southeastern Asia
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Munda - a family of languages spoken by people scattered throughout central India
Mon-Khmer - a branch of the Austro-Asiatic languages
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In Assam, the Rongali Bihu draws from many different traditions such as Austro-Asiatic, Sino-Burmese and Indo-Aryan, and is celebrated with particular fervor.
2%; Austro-Asiatic (Mon-Khmer and Viet-Muong) language family (30 ethnic groups)--22.
The Bramhmi script grew out of phonetic and metrical insights into the process and mechanisms of speech articulation, and is used today in Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic, and Tibeto-Burman languages throughout southern Asia.
Interestingly, although Austro-Asiatic groups are exclusively endogamous and tribes are dispersed in small inbreeding groups in central and eastern India, the heterozygosities of all the SNPs were high, ranging from 0.