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The islands of the Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.


(ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒə; -ʃə)
(Placename) the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia


(ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒə, -ʃə)

the islands of the central and S Pacific.
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Noun1.Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Melanesia - the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia - a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
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No doubt, there are plenty of societies in Austronesia with special terms for mental faculties, such as Cebuano Visayan alimpatakan, glossed by Wolff (1972) as "n 1 the mind as the seat of thinking processes.
This, according to Claude Allibert, [24] is a clear indication of the belief, derived from Austronesia, that the ancestors live on in animal, notably crocodile, form.
Ehabla: Antara Ada dan Tiada"dalam Bahasa dan Sastra Austronesia.
A world of words; revisiting the work of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942) on Lucerne and Austronesia.
The impact of Spanish on the lexicon and grammar of the indigenous languages of Austronesia and the Americas (pp.
She has also committed to write a research paper on how the ATAYAL cultural exchange programs with Austronesian groups may lead to an opportunity for a new type of indigenous tourism targeting Austronesia and how it may benefit the economy of Taiwan.
Following conventions in the linguistic anthropology of Austronesia, I thus use Formosa (and the adjectival form Formosan) to refer to the geographical island and its Austronesian inhabitants in the longue duree.
Las lenguas africanas han sido clasificadas y agrupadas en siete familias linguisticas: camitosemitica o afroasiatica, nilosahariana, nigerocongolena, bantu, khoisan, kordofana y austronesia (Leclerc, 2010).
Judging from the way the body was buried, it could be a person from what we now call the Austronesia language family," said Chen, a research fellow at Taiwan s Academia Sinica institute.
Thomas Reuter (Canberra: Comparative Austronesia Series, ANU E Press, 2006), pp.