languages are spoken in island Southeast Asia today, although we know from the Chamic languages of Vietnam and the Sa Huynh culture that contact was extensive between the mainland and the islands.
Languages: Munda (Eastern India) and Mon-Khmer (NE India, mainland SE Asia, Malaysia, Nicobars): http://w.
3) Judging by their geographical position, the "Miaoman" here referred to mainly the non-Han groups in the area that corresponds to today's Guizhou and Hunan provinces covering speakers of Tai and Tibeto-Burman and Austroasiatic
languages such as the Dong, Buyi, Yao and Yi of today.
Charts breaking down large language groups--such as Bantu or Austroasiatic
languages--by geographic region and approximate number of speakers.
When Reid (1994) identified structural relationships between Austronesian languages and the Austroasiatic
(AA) language Noncowry, spoken on the Nicobar Islands, he returned to a century-old proposal by Schmidt (1906), that the AN and AA languages share a common ancestry in the Austric phylum.
Blench, Roger 2010 Was there an Austroasiatic
presence in island southeast Asia prior to the Austronesian expansion?
Historically they represent Tai Yuan who, following king Mangrai, settled in the Kengtung area, snatched from the Austroasiatic
Lawa and occupied in 1243.
Language and farming dispersals: Austroasiatic
language and rice cultivation, in E Bellwood & C.
Probably only the Austroasiatic
Waic-speaking peoples could justify such a claim.
The weight of linguistic and archaeological opinion has it that rice farming originated in China and that farmers expanded via the major rivers into Southeast Asia and India, bringing with them the Austroasiatic
23) One may also mention the cycle's fascinating link to Austroasiatic
linguistic groups uncovered by Jerry Norman.
In the Fujian dialects, Jerry Norman (1976) discovered that some features of the language did not go back to Middle Chinese cognates and postulated a substratum language from the Austroasiatic