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also Aus·tro-A·si·at·ic (ô′strō-ā′zhē-ăt′ĭk, -shē-, -zē-)
A family of languages of southeast Asia once dominant in northeast India and Indochina, including Mon-Khmer and Munda.

Aus′tro·a′si·at′ic adj.


(ˌɔ stroʊˌeɪ ʒiˈæt ɪk, -ʃi-)

1. a family of languages spoken in SE Asia and the lands around the Bay of Bengal, its branches including Mon-Khmer (including Vietnamese) and Munda.
2. of or pertaining to Austroasiatic or its speakers.
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No Austroasiatic languages are spoken in island Southeast Asia today, although we know from the Chamic languages of Vietnam and the Sa Huynh culture that contact was extensive between the mainland and the islands.
Austroasiatic 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.
Charts breaking down large language groups--such as Bantu or Austroasiatic languages--by geographic region and approximate number of speakers.
When Reid (1994) identified structural relationships between Austronesian languages and the Austroasiatic (AA) language Noncowry, spoken on the Nicobar Islands, he returned to a century-old proposal by Schmidt (1906), that the AN and AA languages share a common ancestry in the Austric phylum.
Blench, Roger 2010 Was there an Austroasiatic presence in island southeast Asia prior to the Austronesian expansion?
Historically they represent Tai Yuan who, following king Mangrai, settled in the Kengtung area, snatched from the Austroasiatic Lawa and occupied in 1243.
Language and farming dispersals: Austroasiatic language and rice cultivation, in E Bellwood & C.
Probably only the Austroasiatic Waic-speaking peoples could justify such a claim.
The weight of linguistic and archaeological opinion has it that rice farming originated in China and that farmers expanded via the major rivers into Southeast Asia and India, bringing with them the Austroasiatic languages.
23) One may also mention the cycle's fascinating link to Austroasiatic linguistic groups uncovered by Jerry Norman.
In the Fujian dialects, Jerry Norman (1976) discovered that some features of the language did not go back to Middle Chinese cognates and postulated a substratum language from the Austroasiatic family.