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The islands of the Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
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(ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒə; -ʃə)
(Placename) the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia
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(ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒə, -ʃə)

the islands of the central and S Pacific.
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Noun1.Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Melanesia - the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia - a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
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Padila then started to give Drilon a history lesson about the Moro people: 'Kung inyo pang lalaliman ang inyong kaalaman sa kasaysayan, senador Drilon, tayo po ay nagmula lahat sa Austronesia race.
The video starts out by pointing out the relative similarity among Malayo-Polynesian languages which cover a vast swath of the planet from Hawaii to Madagascar in an area linguists refer to as Austronesia. Though these languages are linguistically similar despite their vast geographical distances, the languages spoken by Taiwan's aboriginal tribes are actually extremely diverse despite their close proximity, indicating that they are the oldest variants of Austronesian languages and thus the origin of the language family.
2006 Jejak puak-puak Austronesia di jantung Kalimantan: Situs Nanga Balang dan Ceruk Bukit Tahapun, Kubupatan Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat (Traces of Austronesian ancestors in the heart of Kalimantan: Nanga Balang and Ceruk Bukit Tahapun, Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan).
Ilmu Perbandingan Bahasa-bahasa Austronesia. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press.
This, according to Claude Allibert, [24] is a clear indication of the belief, derived from Austronesia, that the ancestors live on in animal, notably crocodile, form.
"Ehabla: Antara Ada dan Tiada"dalam Bahasa dan Sastra Austronesia. Denpasar: Universitas Udayana.
A world of words; revisiting the work of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942) on Lucerne and Austronesia.
She has also committed to write a research paper on how the ATAYAL cultural exchange programs with Austronesian groups may lead to an opportunity for a new type of indigenous tourism targeting Austronesia and how it may benefit the economy of Taiwan.
Following conventions in the linguistic anthropology of Austronesia, I thus use Formosa (and the adjectival form Formosan) to refer to the geographical island and its Austronesian inhabitants in the longue duree.