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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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Motu is an Austronesian language, and cognates for vada could be found in early colonial times among other Austronesian languages along the south-east coast of Papua New Guinea.
A lexicostatistical classification of the Austronesian languages.
It is thus a widespread phenomenon in Austronesian languages and has, in fact, already been given a comprehensive discussion by Blust (2001) in a pioneering paper entitled "Historical morphology and the spirit world: the *qali/kali- prefixes in Austronesian languages.
The study would be best appreciated by specialists in Oceanic and Austronesian languages, but perhaps also by some general linguists interested in linguistic typology.
However, none of these has given us a fully systematic treatment of the language that takes advantage of recent advances in typological studies and the study of the comparative syntax of the Austronesian languages.
One has to state in the very beginning that when comparing the Finno-Ugric languages, for example, with the Austronesian languages or with languages spoken in Africa and America, reduplication in the Finno-Ugric languages shows a modest degree of grammaticalization and is usually accompanied by a psycho-pragmatic shade of meaning (emotional stance, non-neutral (i.
The main points are: (a) the opposition is nearly always operative in Austronesian languages and is historically deep-rooted; (b) INC often means polite behavior regarding the addressee; (c) when the opposition was lost, INC survived and became P1.
Similarly, the distribution of Austronesian languages is being used to map the prehistoric migration out of Taiwan and onto the islands of the open Pacific.
2002 Notes on the history of 'focus' in Austronesian languages.
The work of Swiss linguist Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942) has been unfairly neglected, argue the editors, largely because his twin specializations in Austronesian languages, on the one hand, and the German language and dialects of Switzerland, on the other, have confined the influence of his work to two separate scholarly communities with little interest in the productions of each other.
Consequently, the dispersai of Austronesian languages from Taiwan and the spread of East Asian farming should be decoupled in the ISEA context; at this scale they are discrete historico-geographic phenomena before at least c.
Evidence for retracing the origin and course of Austronesian dispersals has been sought initially through assessments of lexicostatistical relationships among the hundreds of Austronesian languages (Gray & Jordan 2000).