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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.


(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


(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.
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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From Southeast Asia to the Pacific: archaeological perspectives on the Austronesian expansion and the Lapita cultural complex: 129-72.
Early Holocene shell fish hooks from Lene Hara Cave, East Timor, establish complex fishing technology was in use in Island Southeast Asia five thousand years before Austronesian settlement.
The honor of being the first to describe the presence of more than one verb within a sentence for an Austronesian language--namely Jabem--is due to Otto Dempwolff (1939).
In an extended, thoughtful and well-argued editorial introduction Couderc and Sillander point to the comparative Austronesian dimension of ancestorship and previous work in Indonesia on the importance of the celebrated dead and their relationships with the living.
Taiwan's cultural diversity and her Austronesian heritage became celebrated, and performances of singing, dancing and rituals by indigenous peoples began to be incorporated in various kinds of national rituals, such as the National Day celebration and the presidential inauguration ceremony.
In recognition of his contribution to Southeast Asian and Pacific prehistory and IPPA, a session entitled 'Forty years of Austronesian prehistory: a retrospective' was organised for the nineteenth congress of the Indo-Pacific Congress held at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi, 29 November-5 December 2009.
The new volume in the Curzon Language Family Series presents an overview of the Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian languages.
How similar or different were the societies on either side of this hiatus and can those similarities and differences inform on the Austronesian debate?
There is an ongoing controversy as to whether Kadai and Miao-Yao languages should be joined with the Austronesian language family into an Anstro-Tai phylum.
One major issue in current discussions of Austronesian expansion is the increasing evidence provided by scholars such as Denham, Donohue, Lebot and Kennedy, primarily using genetic data, for a significant westward expansion of New Guinea area (sensu lato) plant domesticates before the spread of pottery-using cultures across ISEA (Lebot 1999; Denham et al.
The chapter also introduces the Kaulong to the reader, as a language group, and as a term given to bush-dwelling Arawe people by the coastal people of the area, thus highlighting some of the complexities in understanding Papua New Guinea (PNG) in ethnic, linguistic, and geographical terms (Arawe culture itself comprising 'three different Austronesian language groups' as Druppel informs us on p.
The last DNA-identified migration involving Southeast Asia was from Taiwan southward, starting perhaps 5,000 years ago, widely attributed via linguistic analysis to population expansion due to rice farming and concomitantly leading to the differentiation of Austronesian languages.