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.
The Handbook of Austroasiatic
Languages; 2 volume set
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.
It is tempting but rash to compare this ethnonym to the Sanskrit word nagara 'country', which appears in Malaysian Austroasiatic
languages as nngeri' / lnggri' and Malay as negeri.
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
has the meanings 'to tell' and 'to say', Proto-Thai rorj is used for 'to pronounce'.
Languages: Munda (Eastern India) and Mon-Khmer (NE India, mainland SE Asia, Malaysia, Nicobars): http://w.
3) Judging by their geographical position, the "Miaoman" here referred to mainly the non-Han groups in the area that corresponds to today's Guizhou and Hunan provinces covering speakers of Tai and Tibeto-Burman and Austroasiatic
languages such as the Dong, Buyi, Yao and Yi of today.