Austro-Asiatic


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Austro-Asiatic

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(Languages) a hypothetical phylum or superfamily of languages consisting of Mon-Khmer and certain other languages of India and South-East Asia. Links with Malayo-Polynesian have also been suggested
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Noun1.Austro-Asiatic - a family of languages spoken in southern and southeastern Asia
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Munda - a family of languages spoken by people scattered throughout central India
Mon-Khmer - a branch of the Austro-Asiatic languages
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Indian languages represent all four families of languages, including Indo-European (Spanish, English, Hindi, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, German, Marathi, French, Italian, Punjabi, and Urdu, of which five languages are native to India), Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic, and Tibeto-Burman.
Ethnic groups (2005 Census identified 49 ethnic groups): Tai-Kadai language family (6 ethnic groups)--65% Austro-Asiatic (Mon-Khmer and Viet-Muong) language family (30 ethnic groups)--24% Hmong-Yao (2 ethnic groups)--8%; Tibeto-Burman (8 ethnic groups)--3%; other ethnic groups (including Vietnamese and Chinese)--0.9%.
In Assam, the Rongali Bihu draws from many different traditions such as Austro-Asiatic, Sino-Burmese and Indo-Aryan, and is celebrated with particular fervor.
A linguistic map of insular Southeast Asia reveals the Malay peninsula as an island, metaphorically speaking, of Austro-Asiatic languages in a sea of Austronesian (Map 1).
The Bramhmi script grew out of phonetic and metrical insights into the process and mechanisms of speech articulation, and is used today in Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic, and Tibeto-Burman languages throughout southern Asia.
Moreover, 54 of the ethnic groups comprise the 4 major linguistic families of the Indian population, namely Indo-European, Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman, and Austro-Asiatic; the remaining 1 group represents a population known to have negroid origin and therefore was treated as an outgroup.
As part of this project, it was decided to prepare a volume of surveys, all adhering to a predetermined common format, each concerning anaphora in a selected Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman, or Austro-Asiatic language.
The penalty is most severe for speakers of Chinese home language (-$5,702), followed by other Indo-Iranian languages (-$4,660), then Austro-Asiatic languages (-$4,206), and then by Spanish (-$3,612).
Ethnic groups: Tai-Kadai language family (6 ethnic groups)--66.2%; Austro-Asiatic (Mon-Khmer and Viet-Muong) language family (30 ethnic groups)--22.8%; Hmong-Yao (2 ethnic groups)--7.4%; Tibeto-Burman (8 ethnic groups)--2.7%; other ethnic groups (including Vietnamese and Chinese)--0.9%.