There were also Austroasiatic
and Tibeto-Burman migrations into Eastern India 2000 BC onwards.
Following an extensive survey by Mahidol University's Institute of Languages and Culture for Rural Development from 1993 to 2001, 62 linguistic groups were identified throughout the country: 24 Tai, 22 Austroasiatic
, 11 Sino-Tibetan, 3 Austronesian (dialects), and 2 Mien-Hmong.
As in other Austroasiatic
languages, we have many terms for odors, especially the unpleasant ones.
The Mon-Khmer language is in the family of Austroasiatic
While Sanskrit forms are cited, in most cases the names of these materia medica are borrowed from Dravidian or Austroasiatic
, and some may have come directly from Dravidian into the Near East.
(8) Adelaar (1995) does propose a link between Austronesian languages of Borneo and Austroasiatic
languages of the Malay Penensula, however, the evidence is restricted to only two words, 'to die', and 'to bathe' (although Penan has no such evidence, and reflects Proto-Malayo-Polynesian (PMP) *matay 'to die' and PKEN *endu?
subgrouping and Prehistory in the Malay Peninsular.
Little research has yet been done on this question, but it is likely that there have been at least two layers each of Austroasiatic
(Mon-Khmer) and Austronesian input--as also suggested long ago by Blagden (1894).
The Indian languages belong to four language families namely Indo-European, Dravidian, Austroasiatic
(Austric) and Sino-Tibetan.
Related are Proto-Austroasiatic rVrj, Austroasiatic
has the meanings 'to tell' and 'to say', Proto-Thai rorj is used for 'to pronounce'.
The Mon-Khmer (Austroasiatic
) language family contains well over 100 languages, but the only two which are national languages are Khmer and Vietnamese.
Languages: Munda (Eastern India) and Mon-Khmer (NE India, mainland SE Asia, Malaysia, Nicobars): http://w.w.w.ling.hawaii.edu/austroasiatic/