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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.


(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


(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.
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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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.
They cover language families of the New Guinea area, the Trans New Guinea family, the languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and environs, the languages of Northwest New Guinea, the Papuan languages of East Nusantara and the Bird's Head, the languages of southern New Guinea, the Papuan languages of Island Melanesia, the morphosyntactic typology of Papuan languages, and contact phenomena in Austronesian and Papuan languages.
Culturally, the two share longstanding historical connections in that both the people of Batanesand the people of Taiwan's Lanyu Island originated from tribes with Austronesian culture, speaking similar languages.
She was referring to the Austronesian Expansion - the dispersal of peoples from East and Southeast Asia by balangay-like boats to as far as Madagascar, Easter Island, and perhaps beyond.
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.
He contends that the technical tradition called 'stitched-plank and lashed-lug tradition', developed exclusively in Southeast Asia, is not only the archipelago's contribution to the shipping world, but also enabled the movement of populations speaking Austronesian languages into Madagascar, sailing large vessels via either the northern or southern half of the Indian Ocean.
It promotes the current consensus, approaching unmerited status of dogma, on an Austronesian homeland on Taiwan.
New languages available include six Austronesian languages: Fijian, Filipino, Malagasy, Samoan, Tahitian, and Tongan.
This Austronesian ethnic group, numbering no more than 3,000 members, maintain a nomadic, sea-based culture.
We can see, for example, that Australian and Austronesian languages tend to have simpler phonologies, that North American languages tend to have more complex morphologies, that Indo-European languages tend to have more complex levels of syntax, and that major languages tend to have a simpler lexicon (but a more complex phonology).
The Austronesian speakers who settled the islands of Southeast Asia and Madagascar were not "Malaysians" (19).