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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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The earliest Austronesians and their movements inside Taiwan: settlement patterns and possible forcing factors, in S.
Other Austronesians sailed further south of the Philippines to southern islands such as Western New Guinea.
Borneo as aceoss-roads for comparative austronesian linguistics, Dlm The Austronesians: Historical and comparative perspectives, Peter Bellwood, James J.
In fact the phenomenon is world-wide in pre-modern polities--including the distant Tai relatives of Austronesians on the Southeast Asian mainland, such as Ayutthaya, Sukhotai, Lan Na, Ahom, and the many lesser Shan states.
The veneration and deification of the dead has been practiced from the earliest days of the Austronesians (e.
If this turns out to be the case, the find on Liang Island will add to the understanding of the way of life of the ancestors of the Austronesians just before they set out on their epic journey to people the Pacific.
Dr Keith Dobney and Dr Greger Larson, from Durham University, will be joining the first expedition to sail in two traditional Polynesian boats to retrace the migration route of the ancient Austronesians.
2) branching to O1a (M119) found among Austronesians, southern Han Chinese, and Daic peoples.
But traditionally, Papua New Guineans speak 820 languages belonging to two language groups: the Austronesians and the Papuans
Although settlers from China took over the western plains, Qing administrators forbade settlers from entering the mountainous territories of the Austronesians.
Coastal south China, Taiwan, and the prehistory of the Austronesians, in C.
It is known that the Kayanic peoples, like other Austronesians, use pronouns for several persons (3 to 10 persons, in both inclusive and exclusive forms) by introducing the numeral "3"; i.