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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.
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(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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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 language phylum.
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?
Austroasiatic 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.
Austroasiatic Languages: Munda (Eastern India) and Mon-Khmer (NE India, mainland SE Asia, Malaysia, Nicobars):