Austronesian language

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Noun1.Austronesian language - 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
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banlesii on New Guinea with subsequent westward movement under vegetative forms of cultivation to ISEA, where intra- and inter-specific hybridisation yielded new cultivars, including triploids, which were subsequently adopted by Austronesian language speakers (Perrier et al.
Many linguists think that ancestral populations of Austronesian language speakers now inhabiting Southeast Asian and Pacific islands-from the Philippines to Fiji--probably came from Taiwan.
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.
Nevertheless, most linguists maintain that the Polynesian languages are part of the Austronesian language family, which originates in Taiwan.
239-253) John Hajek discusses "Serial Verb Constructions in Tetun Dili", an Austronesian language spoken in Dili, the capital of East Timor.
The Polynesians as a race originate from Austronesian groups which spread into insular southeast Asia from the mainland, more than four thousand years ago, and expanded into western Oceania, bringing with them their Austronesian language and mixing with the indigenous Australoid populations.
2008 Kadorih: Description of an Austronesian language of Borneo.
In addition to providing information about the Austronesian language, he offers empirical evidence to support the assertion that there is a single combinatorial component of grammar that builds morphosyntactic strings--a highly controversial issue.
Morphosyntactic evidence for the position of Chamorro in the Austronesian language family tree, in R.
A Grammar of Mangap-Mbula: An Austronesian Language of Papua New Guinea.
PACIFIC DIASPORA On the opposite side of the planet, in Auckland, Gray has been using similar methods to produce an Austronesian language tree.
The indigenous Chamorro language of the Marianas belongs to the widespread Western Malayo-Polynesian (WMP) grouping, which currently lacks any overall subgrouping structure, within the larger Austronesian language family (Blust 2009) (Figure 6).