In addition, another map of the series, Our Austronesian Friends, projects Taiwan as the northern-most point of a vast network of the Austronesian language
family, while We are the World/So Far Away, yet So Close in Spirit shows Taiwan at the center of expanding concentric circles.
To digress briefly, according to one Fataluku interlocutor I interviewed, the Fataluku language was brought by these immigrants, while the original cave-dwelling ancestors spoke Lovai'a, an Austronesian language
today spoken by only a handful of old people in Tutuala and neighbouring Mehara.
As we know that the Austronesian language
family is one of the largest language families in the world.
Motu is an Austronesian language
, and cognates for vada could be found in early colonial times among other Austronesian languages
along the south-east coast of Papua New Guinea.
The people of the Austronesian language
family lived near the ocean and were very mobile," said Chen.
However, even though the Shau Aborigines moved from the territory of the Chou, they did not adopt the culture type of Chou Aborigines, who belonged to the Austronesian language
culture and who espoused headhunting, tooth drilling, and also the Shau did not observe certain taboos that were part of the Chou tradition (Dasiwulawan, 2003; Lai, 1990; Zhou, 2004).
Moreover, it makes exemplary use of Humboldt's recently rediscovered--but still largely unpublished--immense body of studies, materials, and scholarly correspondence that pertain to many of the world's major and minor languages, including those of Europe, Africa, Asia, the Austronesian language
group of the Pacific and the Americas.
The Austronesian language
of Maori (Te Reo Maori) is spoken by the Maori people in regions of the North Island of New Zealand and in other urban centers of the country.
There are dozens of internet entries in endangered languages, from native American Cherokee to the Austronesian language
Tetum, spoken by less than a million people in East Timor, to the Maori language of New Zealand.
The first is part of a family of pidgins spread throughout the South Pacific (Vanuatu, Solomons, North Queensland); the second is part of the Austronesian language
family and first developed in the area of Port Moresby, the capital of PNG.
Furthermore, more than 1,200 indigenous languages are spoken among the 5 million inhabitants of the Pacific Islands; they belong to the Austronesian language
family and include Charmorro, Marshallese, Trukese, Carolinian, Papua New Guinean, Ponepean, Samoan, Hawaiian, Fijian, and Tahitian.
Linguistically, Filipino (and all our native languages) is part of the huge Austronesian language
family that is spoken in the Pacific region from Madagascar to New Zealand.