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Of or relating to Austronesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
A family of languages that includes the Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies.
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(ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒən; -ʃən)
1. (Placename) of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
3. (Languages) of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
(Languages) another name for Malayo-Polynesian
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(ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒən, -ʃən)

1. a language family that includes all the non-Papuan, non-Australian languages of peoples indigenous to Oceania, the Indonesian archipelago, Taiwan, and the Philippines, as well as Malay and Chamic in SE Asia and Malagasy on Madagascar.
2. of Austronesia or Austronesian.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
Nauruan - a native or inhabitant of Nauru
Polynesian - a native or inhabitant of Polynesia
2.Austronesian - the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Malayo-Polynesian, Polynesian - the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific
Aboriginal Australian, Australian - the Austronesian languages spoken by Australian aborigines
Formosan - the Austronesian languages spoken on Formosa
Adj.1.Austronesian - of or relating to or characteristic of Austronesia or its people or culture
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Though divided by geological boundaries, the two indigenous groups both speak a language belonging to the Austronesian language family.
LAST week Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) signed an agreement with the Pacific Island state of the Marshall Islands aimed at increasing bilateral exchanges in order to promote Austronesian culture.
" She added in the thread that Miss Vietnam's, who is a member of the Rade ethnic group, first language is not even Vietnamese but she managed to"deliver a strong, concise intro in English." The Radespeak the Austronesian languagelinking them to the Malayand Indonesian people.
While many of the Oceanic material culture elements in Cape York Peninsula (CYP) and Torres Strait (TS) result from diffusion via speakers of Trans-Fly Papuan languages adjacent to the Strait, I show here that there has to have also been direct contact with Austronesian speakers, the material culture and linguistic signature of which is the Austronesian canoes and loan words of the CYP-TS region.
The Philippine Residents XV, a feeder program to the Philippine Volcanoes, capped off their first match in 2018 with a victory defeating Guam 35 to 22 in the 2018 Austronesian Cup keeping their perfect record to three wins, from three matches.
The first inhabitants of the Philippines are likely the ancestors of the Aeta people, likely to be the Austronesian seafarers, which gives them a shared lineage with the Aborigines in Australia, and the inhabitants of several islands in the Pacific including Fiji, Vanuatu, among others.
There is a clear hint of the nation's Austronesian origins, shared with Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines, to a mixed array of Indian, Chinese, Spanish, and American influences, in line with the major waves of the cultures influencing the archipelago, as well as others adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.
In the next chapter, 'Austronesian Shipping in the Indian Ocean: From Outrigger Boats to Trading Ships', Pierre-Yves Manguin focuses further on the Southeast Asian technological developments in shipping in proto-historical and historical times.
It promotes the current consensus, approaching unmerited status of dogma, on an Austronesian homeland on Taiwan.
Qualitatively analyzed linguistic evidence suggests that Proto-Austronesian is the ancestral language of all Austronesian languages, that Proto-Malayo-Polynesian is a daughter language of Proto-Austronesian and the ancestor of all Austronesian languages outside Taiwan, that Proto-Western Indonesian is a daughter of Proto-Malayo-Polynesian and the common ancestor of all languages of Borneo, and so forth.